French painter, pastellist
and printmaker. He studied from 1880 under the academic painter Henri
Lehmann at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris; there he befriended Georges
Seurat with whom he shared a studio for several years. He also studied
under Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, working as his assistant on the Sacred
Grove (1884; Lyon, Mus. B.-A.). In 1886 he obtained a travel scholarship
to Rome and on his return befriended Symbolist poets such as Stephane
Mallarme, Paul Verlaine and Philippe-Auguste Villiers de l’Isle Adam.
While the poets sought to subvert language in order to express new
sensations, Aman-Jean relied on pictorial and iconographic traditions. He
specialized in pictures of languid young women turned in profile to the
left or gazing into space, as in Girl with Peacock (1895; Paris, Mus. A.
Dec.), using broken brushstrokes and colour contrasts that by then had
largely shed their avant-garde connotations. Typical works such as the
colour lithograph Beneath the Flowers (1897; Paris, Bib. N.) and the
portrait of Mlle Thadie C. Jacquet (1892; Paris. Mus. d’Orsay) led the
critic Camille Mauclair to identify him as an heir to the English
Madame Aman-Jean 1892
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