Born in Paris to an architect father, Michèle Battut went to primary school in the Pas-de-Calais before entering the Lycée Fénelon High School. As a teenage she devoted her free time to painting, she participated in 1962 in her first set salons in the Salon d'Arras, Le Touquet and Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, after which she was awarded a first prize for decorative composition. 

The following year, she entered the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, attending René Simon's renowned drama classes at the same time and which earned her some roles in short films.
She entered the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts (Fine Arts) in Paris in 1964 and graduated in 1969 with a degree in visual arts. The following year, she became a permanent artist at the Artcurial gallery in Paris, attracting Frédéric Mégret's attention in Le Figaro littéraire. In 1971 she won the Casa de Velasquez laureate in Madrid, which, like the Villa Medici in Rome, is a true consecration for a young artist. She became a Member of the Salon d'automne in 1972 and the following year a member of the Salon des artistes français (French Artists Salon).

She then went on to receive a series of awards:

- 1973 Youth Prize at the Salon des femmes peintres (female artists)
- 1975 Young Painting Award at the Autumn Salon
- Rocheron Prize
- St-Pierre and Miquelon Award
- 1978 Guadeloupe Prize
- 1980 Cooperation Prize awarded by the International Society of Fine Arts
- 1983 Paul Chabas Prize awarded by the Institut de France
- Taylor Award
- 1985 Fould Stubey Award
- 1986 Honorary medal at the Salon des artistes français
- Round Table Award
- 1987 First French prize of Honour for plastic arts
- Prize of the Société des bains de mer in Monaco
- Lion's Club Award
- 1996 Critics' Award
- May 2019 Elected member of the naval Academy

In 2003 she was to become the second woman appointed to the circle of Official Navy Painters.
Since the 1970s, Michèle Battut has participated in all the major exhibitions of the Société parisiens, Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Artistes Français, Comparison, and the Salon de la Marine, as well as a multitude of exhibitions each year in the Paris region or in the provinces, most often in the role of guest of honour.

At the same time, she regularly exhibits on a personal basis, often permanently or even exclusively in the most famous international galleries: since 1974 Artcurial, Paris, 1983 Wally Finlay, Paris and Terre des Arts, Paris, since 1994 Galerie Tosaka, Paris, Primax, Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai, Hiroshima and Beverly Hills, 2003-2009, Opera Gallery in Dubai, since 2016 Chetkin Gallery in New York where she exhibited again last November. Her exhibitions and her love of travel have inspired her to travel to Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, the United States and Canada, Romania, Thailand, India, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos, the Middle East, China and especially Japan, where she returns regularly. She draws inspiration from these atmospheres, and has been hailed by critics who have compared her dreamlike artistic approach to those of Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Irene Frain evoked her dream landscapes, the most difficult to capture on canvas. The precision of her artistic skill allows Michèle Battut, who is no stranger to the IHEDN conferences, to draw herself away from her imaginary realism to create the quiet power of a warship, and she blending perfectly into the circle of the Official Painters of the Navy. She embarked on a mission aboard the Joan of Arc and the BPC Dixmude. She participated in several collective workshops of the Official Painters of the Navy along the coast, giving rise to various publications. She has also illustrated books published by UNESCO, Les Éditions Terre des Arts, Effa, Le club du livre, Les éditions Gallimard/Rombaldi, Ars Pro Vita and Shakogun in Japan.

Several books were published in 1972 by Éditions Artcurial, in 1986 by Editions Playtime, and in 2000 by Éditions Jean-Pierre Delville. In 2005, Jean Desvilles directed a 40' film on Michèle Battut: Au-delà du réel (Beyond the Real)