Pierre Auguste-Cot's 1873 painting Springtime, is a magnificent image of young love, flavoured by a coquettish charm and a devotional gaze shared between his subjects. Studying under the the great painter of allegorical and historical scenes of everyday life, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Cot came to prominence in 1863 with a particularly successful exhibition at the Paris Salon. Capitalising on his subsequent success, Cot consolidated his position as a fashionable choice for those requiring a figurative reproduction of their own likeness. Springtime, rendered in the style that allowed the artist such commercial and popular acclaim is a teasing and, for the time, a daring reproduction of teenage sensuality. Combining the modern with the classical, Cot situates his stark and sexualised canvas in an idyllic and mythic land. Like the occupants of the Biblical garden, the painting is a touching and sensitive evocation of the fleeting glance of early-relationship love. Causing a storm upon its exhibition at the Paris Salon, Springtime became synonymous with the populist heights of French academy-painting, and has been the subject of mass-produced reproductions.
Purchased immediately by the art collector and industrialist John Wolfe, who also bought from the same exhibition Bouguereau’s Nymphs and Satyr, the painting was soon proudly presented in Wolfe's vast Manhattan home. Now on show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it has become a symbol of late nineteenth-century French painting, and is one of the only kinds of its genre in a collection of primarily modern works. Indeed, the work has transcended the fame of its author, and although often dismissed as an example of the outmoded, decorative, and empty tastes of the Victorian elites, it is a stunning and emotive reproduction of young love – as moving as it is unsubtle.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Springtime, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Springtime that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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