Hébert was born in Grenoble, son of a notary in Grenoble, came in 1835 to Paris to study law. He simultaneously took art lessons in the workshops of the sculptor David d'Angers (1788-1856), and also of the history painter Paul Delaroche (1797-1896), but even if he took art lessons he was mostly a selftaught artist. At the age of 22 years reported he with his painting Le cup en prison success in the Paris Salon. The Académie des Beaux-Arts awarded him in 1839 for the biblical composition Joseph's cup in Benjamin's sack with the Prix de Rome from. The prize was a scholarship and a longer study stay in the Villa Medici in Rome. His painting Mal'aria was exhibited in the Salon of 1850–1851, and now hangs in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.