French printmaker and painter Eugene Carriere was born in 1849 in Gournay, Seine-et-Oise. He grew up in Strasbourg, where he received his initial art training at the Ecole Municipale de Dessin as part of an apprenticeship in commercial lithography. He traveled to Paris in 1868, while briefly employed as a lithographer and was inspired by the paintings of Rubens in the Louvre. He studied under Alexandre Cabanel at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and in 1872, he worked in the studio of Jules Chéret.
Carriere participated in the Salon for the first time in 1878, but his work went virtually unnoticed and the following year he ended his studied under Cabanel to move to London. He returned to Paris after several years, where he found occasional work, usually with printers. In Paris he was befriended by Auguste Rodin who became not only a friend, but a staunch supporter of his work.