His mother, herself an amateur painter, was the first to support him, encouraging her son, who was later to say that she had been his only master. After obligatory military service, Vivrel entered the Académie Julian and also frequented the École des Beaux-Arts. He explored the landscape genre continuously throughout his career as he discovered new regions. His Parisian views have close affinities to those of Albert Lebourg, in which we find the same quality of atmospheric light and the dissolution of architectural forms in the sky and water of the river. Vivrel was viscerally attached to Paris. Continuing to paint as long as he drew breath, André-Léon Vivrel died in Montmartre on 7 April 1976.
Decided that he would be a painter at the age of fifteen. After some initial reservation, his family were favourable.