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He was a very successful portrait painter. He also painted many mythological and historic subjects.
The orientalist painter Jean-François Portaels was his pupil (and son-in-law). It is thought he helped make his art teacher Jacques-Louis David be executed.
Jean Carolus, the Belgian painter of genre scenes and interiors, was a protege of François-Joseph Navez.
Massacre of the Innocents, Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Nymph Salmacis And Hermaphroditus, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent
Saint Veronica of Binasco, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent
- P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 488-489.
- P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 511, illustrations p. 421.
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