Developments in the 19th Century



 




Art Styles in 19th century - Art Map


 




SYMBOLISM

in

FRANCE




(Between Romanticism and Expressionism)


 




Edmond Aman-Jean

(1858- 1936)
 

     


 


Georges-Pierre Seurat
Portrait
of Edmond Aman-Jean
1883
 

  b 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
1895

 
   
Portrait Of Dr. Michaux
1895

 
   
Hesiod Listening to the Inspiration of the Muse


 
   
Portrait of a Woman

 
   
Woman with Vase
 
   
Confiding Secrets
1898


 
   
Dame en Rose
Lesieutre Collection, Paris

 
   
Miss Ella Carmichael
1905
 
   


 
Au Flanc du Vase
1921
 
 

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