Maurice Ambroise Ehlinger was a painter and sculptor who studied in Nancy and Paris under François Flameng, Jules Adler and Lucien Simon. In 1921, he decorated the stairway of the Sorbonne together with Flameng. Ehlinger was appointed a professor and received various awards. Until 1951, he lived in Saint-Dié, but later in Paris. From the 1950s he traveled extensively to North Africa, Italy and Spain. Ehlinger where he specialized in portraits, mainly women, children and contemporary personalities. Other motifs were still lifes and flowers, but also religious topics. He was known also for his sensitive but powerful rendering of the female form, especially in his nudes.