Friend of several of the Impressionists, and particularly of Frédéric Bazille, Edmond Maître was the son of Adrien Maître, a vintor in Bordeaux. After successful studies at the Lycée Impérial in his home city, Edmond left for Paris in 1859 to study law. Once exposed to the culture of the capital, Maître decided instead upon a civil service career which allowed him to devote his time to the art, literary and musical studies which became his passion. In 1865, Maître met Bazille, with whom he developed a close friendship. The artist painted his friend several times, including a portrait now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art.
Daulte, François. "Une grand amitié: Edmond Maître and Frédéric Bazille." L'Oeil 273 (April 1978):36+