Friday, February 13, 2009

Edmond Aman-Jean

Edmond Aman-Jean
Edmond Aman-Jean was a French Symbolist painter who was friends with Georges Seurat, the famed neo-impressionist (pointillist) painter, and shared a studio with him for a number of years.

Aman-Jean and Seurat both studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris with Henri Lehmann, an academic painter whose traditions they both eventually moved away from.

Though he never followed his friend’s forays into fields of painstakingly dabbed broken color, he did experiment with a bright palette and painterly brush handling. His subject matter, often young women, frequently in profile, arrayed in languid, even melancholy, poses, put him more in line with the Pre-Raphaelite painters than the Impressionists or their followers.

Aman-Jean became friends with prominent Symbolist poets and joined in their somewhat darker version of romanticism.

3 thoughts on “Edmond Aman-Jean

  1. petra voegtle

    Hi Charly,
    what a coincidence – when I checked your blog today I found this absolutely wonderful painting. It may sound stupid but I love peacocks. I actually did not know the painter but this work makes me want to digg deeper and see more.
    The coincidence – I finally finished my series on my German blog today which is about a huge triptych I handcarved from wood. It is showing Krishna and Radha, the loving couple from Indian mythology, riding on a peacock.
    There is so much symbolic meaning in this motif – if you would like to check the woodcarving – you can do it here:
    http://tinyurl.com/cer5ku
    The last part of my series – about the peacock – is here:
    http://tinyurl.com/c64sce

    I wanted to tell you already a while ago – I love your blog. There is so much to find and enjoy! thank you,
    greetings from Munich,
    Petra

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