Pierre Auguste Cot

Pierre Auguste Cot ([pjɛʁ o.ɡyst kɔt];[1] 17 February 1837 – 2 August 1883) was a French painter of the Academic Classicism school.

Pierre Auguste Cot
Bedarieux Monument de Pierre Auguste Cot par Antonin Mercié 1891.jpg
A bust of Cot at Pierre Auguste Cot Memorial, Bédarieux
Pierre Auguste Cot

(1837-02-17)17 February 1837
Died2 August 1883(1883-08-02) (aged 46)
Paris, France
Resting placePère Lachaise Cemetery
Known forPainting
Notable work
Springtime (1873)
The Storm (1880)
MovementAcademic Classicism
AwardsChevalier of the Legion of Honour
Ophelia, 1870

Life and careerEdit

Bouguereau's Gabrielle Cot, a portrait of Cot's daughter
Girl with Basket of Oranges and Lemons

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, and from the 1870s, his popularity grew quickly.

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 to an architect named Zilin. The artist made a gift of the painting to the wife of Duret, Gabrielle's grandmother.[2]

Cot won various prizes and medals, and in 1874 was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour.

He died in Paris at the age of 46. He is buried at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.[citation needed]


He 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 City; 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. Shortly after his death at the age of forty-six (2 August 1883), a subscription was undertaken for a commemorative monument to the artist, which was erected at Bédarieux in 1892.

Selected worksEdit



  1. ^ Rubin, James Henry (1979). "Pierre-Auguste Cot's "The Storm"". Metropolitan Museum Journal. 14: 191–200. doi:10.2307/1512746. JSTOR 1512746.
  2. ^ Sotheby's catalogue notes and provenance. The portrait has been known variously as Tête de jeune fille ("Head of a Young Girl"), Portrait of Gabrielle Drienza, Portrait de Madame Z, and Head of [Mme] Ailin, Gabrielle Cot.
  3. ^ "Metropolitan Museum of Art - Pierre-Auguste Cot: The Storm (87.15.134)". Metmuseum.org. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-08-18.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Pierre Auguste Cot at Wikimedia Commons