Jean-Luc Godard, who revolutionized cinema in the 1960s with his famous debut feature “Breathless” has died at the age of 91. Godard was considered as someone who ignited the independent filmmaking era.

According to his close sources, Godard passed away peacefully in his house while he was surrounded by his loved ones. His demise took place on Tuesday.

Emmanuel Macron, the French President, paid tribute to him calling him “the most iconoclastic of the New Wave directors” who “invented a resolutely modern, intensely free art form.”

He added: “We have lost a national treasure, the eye of a genius.”

Godard started out his career as a film critic in the 1950s. He rewrote the rules for narrative, sound and camera.

On Tuesday, Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes Film Festival Director, stated to AP News that he was “sad, sad. Immensely so” at the news of Godard’s demise.

Godard was born in a rich French-Swiss Family in 1930 in Paris. He had grown up in Switzerland and studied ethnology.

He met future big-name filmmakers Francois Truffaut, Jacques Rivette, and Eric Rohmer and launched the short-lived Gazette du Cinema in 1950. By 1952, he was contributing to the respected film journal Cahiers du Cinéma.

Godard attempted to make his first picture while traveling across North and South America with his father in 1951, after he had worked on two films by Rivette and Rohmer, but never finished it.

Back in Europe, he accepted a job as a construction worker on a dam project in Switzerland. He utilized the money to make his first feature film, “Operation Concrete,” a 20-minute documentary on the dam’s construction. After moving back to Paris, Godard took a job as a spokesman for an artists’ agency, directed his first feature film, “All Boys Are Called Patrick,” in 1957, and continued to refine his literary skills.