Charles Angrand was born in Criquetot-sur-Ouville in Normandy in 1854. He studied at the Académie de Peinture et de Dessin in Rouen, before moving to Paris in 1882 where he worked as a schoolteacher.
Angrand was friends with Paul Signac and Georges Seurat, and was a founding member of the Salon des Indépendants. While his early paintings were Impressionist in style, from the mid-1880s his work became influenced by Neo-Impressionism.
In 1896, Angrand returned to Normandy. He continued to contribute sporadically to the Salon des Indépendants up until his death in 1926.