A student of Renoux, then Rémon, Berchère rejuvenated the outdated styles of Rousseau, Huet, Corot and Dupré. He was inspired by the countryside of France and debuted at the Salon in 1843. From 1849-1850, he travelled in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Venice, and returned to Egypt with Gérome, Belley and Bartholdi six years later. It was from these travels that many of his most important works were derived. He returned with Gérome once more in 1869. With his interest in Egypt in particular, he was one of the Orientalists most faithful to the genre. he won many medals and was made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1870. His works are conserved in many French museums.