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.