Pierre Auguste Cot’s romantic classic, “The Storm,” emits tenderness, passion and protectiveness. Cot (1837 – 1883) was commissioned to paint the work by a cousin of John Wolfe, one of his principal patrons. This piece received rave reviews when it debuted at the Paris Salon in 1880. It is thought to be based on the tale of Daphnis and Chloe or Paul et Virginie. Cot’s most popular work, “The Storm” is displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, which sells $70,000 of reproductions of the painting yearly.
Pierre-Auguste Cot (1837 – 1833) was an academic French artist acclaimed for creating lavishly romantic, sensual works. Cot is known for his ethereal historical and mythological paintings, particularly two idealistic classics, “Le Printemps” (“Springtime”) and “The Storm.” Cot was also a highly popular portrait artist among the Parisian aristocracy. He studied at L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse under luminaries Leon Cogniet, Alexandre Cabanel, and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and was strongly influenced by Neoclassicism and Romanticism. One of Cot’s paintings is on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and many of his works grace Paris’ Louvre.