Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (1845–1902) was a French painter and etcher best known for his orientalist subjects and portraits and was born in Paris in 1845. Although Benjamin-Constant painted many oriental-themed works, he hardly witnessed many scenes he painted in real life. His works were popular in Europe, as people there were curious about oriental life.
When he grew up, he studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse and various fine arts academies, and because of this experience, his early works were so influential. A trip to Morocco in 1872 significantly impacted his early creative growth and inspired him to create Romantic sceneries under the influence of Orientalism.
After 1880, he changed his style to focus more on frescoes and figures and created many lesser-known works. In 1876, he won a medal at the Salon in 1896 for his portrait Mons fils André. He also helped many celebrities and aristocrats paint their portraits, so he was loved by the aristocracy. He was not only excellent in art but also taught at Acemdemie Julian and helped many students who inherited his excellence. Benjamin-Constant devoted his life to art and education, and future generations admired many things he did.