Pierre Auguste Cot France

2-17-1837 Bédarieux, FRA – 8-2-1883 Paris, FRA

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Cot, Pierre Auguste

Pierre Auguste Cot was born in Bédarieux, Hérault, and initially studied at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse before going to Paris. He studied under Leon Cogniet, Alexandre Cabanel and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. In 1863 he made a successful debut at the Salon exhibiting his first works, and from the 1870s, his popularity grew quickly.

Pierre Auguste Cot enjoyed the patronage of the academic sculptor Francisque Duret, whose daughter he married, and of Bouguereau, with whom he had also worked. Bouguereau painted a portrait of Cot's daughter, Gabrielle. Bouguereau had dined with the Cot family to celebrate Gabrielle's marriage and made a gift of the painting to the wife of Duret, Gabrielle's grandmother.
Cot won various prizes and medals, and in 1874 was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.

Pierre Auguste Cot created several works of lasting popularity, including Le Printemps, featuring two young lovers sitting upon a swing, and The Storm. Both these paintings are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; The Storm belongs to the museum while Le Printemps is owned privately.

Cot also was renowned for his portraits, which made up the majority of his work. The more enduring figurative work, such as The Storm, is comparatively rare.

Movement: Academic
Influences: Leon Cogniet, Alexandre Cabanel, William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Influenced: Anna Klumpke, Ellen Dale Hale
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