Charles Frederic Joseph Soulacroix was born in Montpellier in 1825, and studied under Ramy, Cornelius and Dumont. In 1845, Soulacroix entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and began showing his works at the Paris Salon in 1849.
Soulacroix specialized mainly in portraying the activities of his wealthy contemporaries. Soulacroix's greatest gifts lay in the art of reproducing the textures of silk and satin which clothed his elegant figures and decorated his lavish interiors. Soulacroix's paintings record superbly the lives of the more affluent French families, playing hide and seek, flirting, courting, playing with their pets or making their début at a ball.
The work of Charles Frederic Joseph Soulacroix is represented in Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia and the Lord Mayor's Collection at the Mansion House, London.