Vernet was conceived in Avignon. At the point when just fourteen years old he supported his dad, Antoine Vernet (1689–1753), a talented enlivening painter, in the most significant parts of his work. The boards of vehicle seats, notwithstanding, couldn't fulfill his desire, and Vernet started for Rome. Seeing the whales at Marseilles and his journey thereupon to Civitavecchia (Papal States' principal port on the Tyrrhenian Sea) established a profound connection on him, and following his appearance, he entered the studio of a whale painter, Bernardino Fergioni. In 1734, Vernet left for Rome to examine landscape planners and sea painters, as Claude Gellee, where we discover the styles and subjects of Vernet's paintings.
Gradually Vernet pulled in a notice in the artistic milieu of Rome. With a specific expectedness in the plan, appropriate to his day, he partnered the aftereffects of steady and fair perception of characteristic impacts of the environment, which he rendered with strange pictorial art. Maybe no painter of landscapes or ocean pieces has ever constructed the human figure so totally a part of the scene portrayed or so significant a factor in his plan. In this regard, he was vigorously affected by Giovanni Paolo Panini, whom he most likely met and worked inside Rome. Vernet's work draws on common topics, however in a way that is neither wistful or emotive. The general impact of his style is entirely enlivening. "Others may know better", he stated, with simple pride, "how to paint the sky, the earth, the sea; nobody knows superior to I how to paint an image". His style remained generally static for an incredible duration. His works' mindfulness to climatic impacts is joined with a feeling of agreement that is suggestive of Claude Lorrain.
For a long time Vernet lived in Rome, delivering perspectives on seaports, storms, quiets, moonlights, and enormous whales, getting particularly well known with English privileged people, huge numbers of whom were on the Grand Tour. In 1745 he wedded an Englishwoman whom he met in the city. In 1753 he was reviewed to Paris: there, by imperial order, he executed the arrangement of the seaports of France (presently in the Louver and the Musée national de la Marine) by which he is most popular. His The Port of Rochefort (1763, Musée national de la Marine) is particularly prominent; in the piece, Vernet can accomplish, as per art history specialist Michael Levey, one of his generally 'crystalline and climatically touchy skies'. Vernet has endeavored to breathe life into the frontal area of his work by painting a wide cluster of figures taking part in an assortment of exercises, trying to pass on a feeling of the upheaval and show of France's seaports. In 1757, he painted a progression of four paintings titled Four Times of the Day portraying, of course, multiple times of the day. For an incredible duration, Vernet came back to Italian subjects, as appeared through one of his later works – A Beached Whale (National Gallery). On his arrival from Rome, he turned into an individual from the foundation, however, he had recently added to the displays of 1746 and following years, and he kept on showing, with uncommon exemptions, down to the date of his demise, which occurred in his lodgings in the Louver on 3 December 1789. Among the extremely various etchers of his works might be uncommonly referred to Le Bas, Cochin, Basan, Duret, Flipart and Le Veau in France, and in England Vivares. In Madrid, the Spanish capital, a portion of his paintings can be found. The Prado Museum holds five of his landscapes and The Thyssen-Bornemisza claims the other two in property and another as a credit from the Baroness Thyssen individual assortment (Night: Mediterranean Coast Scene with Fishermen and Boats).