Background: Edmond François Aman-Jean was born at Chevry-Cossigny, a small village at the juncture of the Seine and Marne rivers, about three miles outside of Paris in his day on January 13, 1858.
Education: He began his art studies with Henri Lehmann at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1880; he later studied under Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Later he became an important teacher in his own right.
Achievements: Aman-Jean established his reputation primarily for his portraits, especially of female subjects; he was also noted for his murals in public and official buildings, including the Sorbonne. Like many French artists of his generation, he was influenced by the new perspectives on Japanese art current in Paris in his day; more unusually, Aman-Jean was interested in the Pre-Raphaelite artists in England.