He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse, where he was a pupil of Alexandre Cabanel.
Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant (also known as Benjamin Constant), born Jean-Joseph Constant (10 June 1845 – 26 May 1902), was a French painter and etcher best known for his Oriental subjects and portraits. A journey to Morocco in 1872 strongly influenced his early artistic development and lead him to produce Romantic scenes under the spell of Orientalism. Among his noted works in this vein are Last Rebels, Justice in the Harem (both in the Luxembourg ), Les Chérifas, and Moroccan Prisoners (Bordeaux).
After 1880, he changed his manner, devoting himself to mural decorations and to portraits.
Prominent examples include the great plafond in the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, entitled Paris Convening the World. His paintings in the New Sorbonne, representing Literature, The Sciences, and the Academy of Paris.
And the plafond of the Opéra Comique theatre. He was distinguished as a portrait painter, especially in England, where he was a favorite of the aristocracy.
Benjamin-Constant painted Pope Leo XIII, Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (1901), Lord John Lumley-Savile, and Henri Blowitz (1902).
He visited the United States several times, and painted a number of portraits. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York owns a large mural decoration by Benjamin-Constant entitled Justinian in Council. He also was a writer of repute, contributing a number of studies on contemporary French painters.
He died in Paris on 26 May 1902.
He was made a member of the Institute in 1893, and was a commander of the Legion of Honor.