Joseph-Charles Franchère was born in Montréal in 1866. He studied at the Conseil des Arts et Manufactures, followed by training in the studio of painter-decorator F.-X.-E. Meloche. In 1888 he went to Paris to continue his studies. He worked at the Colarossi studio and the Académie Julian for two years.
In 1890 he returned to Montréal. He was commissioned to complete three large paintings for the Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur chapel of Notre-Dame.
He returned to Paris in the early 1890's to paint, and while there he was accepted to the École des beaux-arts. He began sending works to the annual exhibitions of the Art Association of Montréal and the The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Franchère's work has been exhibited at the world fairs in Chicago, Buffalo, and St Louis.
During the early 1900's Ranchère compelted church murals in Québec while teaching at the Conseil des Arts et Manufactures and the Monument National. He also illustrated several books, including P.E. Prévost's "Chansons canadiennes" (1907) and Abbé Lionel Groulx's "Les Rapaillages" (1916).
Franchère completed works inspired by symbolism, and specialized in subject pictures idealizing country life. He worked with oil and watercolours.
He died in Montréal in 1921.