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Springtime  1873

by Pierre Auguste Cot

This flirtatious duo in classicizing dress, painted with notable technical finesse, reflects Cot’s allegiance to the academic style of his teachers, including Bouguereau and Cabanel. Exhibited at the Salon of 1873, the picture was Cot’s greatest success, widely admired and copied in engravings, fans, porcelains, and tapestries. Its first owner, hardware tycoon John Wolfe, ...
Size: 
84 x 50 in. (213.4 x 127 cm)
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Credit: 
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art