Eugene Petit was a genre painter who specialized in hunting scenes and still lives. He was a student of Edouard Muller and Dieterle.
Petit painted charming images of hunters out with their dogs capturing a moment of action, often with the dogs alert and on point. He exhibited in the Paris Salon, making his debut in 1863 and continuing to exhibit through 1885. He was awarded a third class medal in 1873.
He was also known for his florals. He exhibited in the Lyon Salon, a city which has a renowned tradition of flower painting