Georges-Pierre Seurat Portrait
Chevry-Cossigny, Seine-et-Marne, 13 Nov 1858; d ?Paris, 1936.
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 Stéphane Mallarmé, 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), 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 Thadée C. Jacquet (1892;
Paris. Mus. d’Orsay) led the critic Camille Mauclair to identify him
as an heir to the English Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Young Girl with Peacock
Portrait Of Dr. Michaux
Hesiod Listening to the Inspiration
of the Muse
of a Woman
Dame en Rose Lesieutre Collection, Paris
Au Flanc du
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