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Pierre-Auguste Cot Biography


French Academic Classicism Painter

Pierre Auguste Cot (1837-1883) was a French painter of the Academic Classicism school who created several works of lasting popularity, including Les Printemps, featuring two young lovers sitting upon a swing, and The Storm. Both these paintings were until recently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; The Storm belongs to the museum while Les Primtemps is owned privately. Les Primtemps is no longer in the museum's collection, but instead has moved to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa.

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.

Les Printemps is now part of the collection of the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida. It may be viewed there anytime during museum hours.