Spring (1892) by Adolphe Piot

Spring - Adolphe Piot - 1892

Artwork Information

TitleSpring
ArtistAdolphe Piot
Date1892
Mediumoil,canvas
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Spring

Spring is a painting created in 1892 by the French painter Etienne Adolphe Piot, who was known for his portraits of young women. The painting depicts a young woman and is done in the Academicism style.

The painting showcases typical characteristics of Academicism, which emphasized classical and realistic techniques intertwined with elements of idealization. It shows a young woman looking at the viewer with her chin up, grasping what looks to be a blue/gray dress, or perhaps a bedsheet, to her chest.

The subtle expressions presented in her face seem to evoke feelings of innocence, purity, and chastity making it an excellent portrayal of the conventions underlying academic art. Piot trained under Leon Cogniet in Paris where he developed his technique that allowed him to capture human emotions subtly yet expressively on canvas.

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