Edouard Bisson was a French Pre-Raphaelite painter. He is best known for his romanticized paintings of women in atmospheric landscapes, as seen in the painting Two Maidens (1903). Bisson’s work focused on elevating a stylized form of feminine beauty during the Fin de Siècle. Born on April 6, 1856 in Paris, France, he went on to study under the famed Orientalist painter Jean-Léon Gérôme.
A member of the Salon, he exhibited with them frequently and was awarded Honorable Mentions in 1881 and 1889. At the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris, he was awarded the bronze medal, and in 1908, became a Knight of the Legion of Honor. Bisson died in Paris, France in 1939. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Bury Art Museum in Manchester and the Shipley Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne.