Academic French artist Pierre-Auguste Cot (1837 – 1833) was famous for creating lushly romantic, sensual artworks. He is celebrated for his historical and mythological paintings, particularly “Le Printemps” (“Springtime”) and “The Storm,” which are still exceptionally popular today. Cot was also highly in-demand to paint portraits for Paris’ aristocrats. He studied under several illustrious artists at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and was inspired by Neoclassicism and Romanticism. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art displays one of Cot’s works, and many of his paintings are featured in the Louvre in Paris.