French painter and printmaker, Edouard Aman-Jean was born in Chevry-Cossigny on the Seine-et-Marne in 1858. In 1880 he studied under the academic painter, Henri Lehmann at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There he befriended Georges Suerat with whom he shared a studio for a number of years. Aman-Jean also studied under Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and worked as an assistant on his “Sacred Grove”. Aman-Jean obtained a scholarship to travel to Rome in 1886 and when he returned to France, he befriended Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Verlaine and Philippe-Auguste Villiers de l’Isle Adam.
Aman-Jean excelled at producing pictures of languid young women turned in profile to the left or gazing into space, as in “Girl With Peacock.” Aman-Jean’s lithograph “Beneath the Flowers” and his portrait of “Mlle Thadée C.Jacquet” led critics to identify him as an heir to the English Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.