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Pierre-Auguste Cot (French, 1837–1883). Springtime, 1873. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Steven and Alexandra Cohen, 2012 (2012.575)

Roman Girl at a Fountain Léon Bonnat (French, Bayonne 1833–1922 Monchy-Saint-Eloi), currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

Pierre Auguste Cot (17 February 1837 – 2 August 1883) Pierre-Auguste Cot woke at dawn, painted while there was good light. His paintings showed great originality, merging his conventional classical interests with innocent sensuality. He painted from live models, scouring the French countryside for the most beautiful milkmaids and shop girls magnificent  paintings.  Influenced by the high standards of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Pierre Auguste Cot painting

Pygmalion and Galatea by Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824–1904)

'We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.' ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Eugène Médard (French, 1847-1887), "L'Amour et Psyche", via Flickr.

Georges Picard (French, 1857-1946), "Fairy and sprites in the undergrowth"