Edmond Francois Aman-Jean (1860-1935)
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Born in Chevry-Cossigny, France, Aman studied under Henri Lehmann at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Aman became friends with Pointillist painter Georges Seurat, as well as poets Mallarmé and Verlaine, and in 1886, traveled to Rome on a study scholarship.
Aman is best-known for his paintings and prints of “ladies of luxury.” A typical Aman scene consists of a beautiful French woman of the bourgeois class, reclining and gazing into space.
Though Aman was surrounded by the avant-garde movement through his friends and contemporaries, he retained a fairly classical style. Though not quite an Impressionist, leaning more towards Classical styling, Aman embraced the importance of color and brushstrokes. He was known for his undulating brush strokes in his oil and canvas works, which would give his painting a grainy but fluid feel.
In many of his compositions, Aman’s palette takes on a distinctly rosy hue, certainly in an effort to complement his female subjects.
Aman was also well-known for being a pastellist; particularly, an artist who uses ground pigments in crayon form to sketch pictures. He would also be commissioned to create decorative panels, such as the ones he did for the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Sorbonne.
Like many other turn-of-the-century French artists, Aman also tried his hand at poster art. One of his most notable poster prints, entitled “Beatrix”, depicts the rose and the cross, a particularly popular religious theme of the era, and was, in fact, created for the Salons de la Rose Cross.
One thing that may make authenticating a piece of art by Aman difficult is his inconsistency in style and method. Unlike some of his other contemporaries like Monet, Renoir or Degas, Aman does not have a signature style or method of his own that is easily noted. He also was not consistent about where he placed his signature and date—sometimes on the back of his paintings, and other times, directly on the front like this painting “Portrait of a Woman”, 1927.
Today, Aman’s work is housed worldwide, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Paintings, prints or sketches of Aman’s may be found all over France as well as in Rome and surrounding areas, perhaps hanging on a wall or stashed away in storage. Think you may own a work by Edmond Francois Aman-Jean? Contact us, we are the Edmond Francois Aman-Jean experts.