French painter Pierre-Auguste Cot’s "Le Printemps” (“Springtime”) spins a lush fantasy of romance and passion. The year he painted the piece, Cot (1837 – 1883) exhibited it at the Paris Salon, where it was wildly acclaimed. Throughout the following decades, the artwork came to symbolize 19th-century emotions and taste. It has been reproduced millions of times on household items, greeting cards and posters. Originally purchased by a wealthy industrialist, this piece was bought and sold several times, and then lost. The painting surfaced 41 years later, and is now owned by a private collector.