Etienne Adolphe Piot (French, 1850-1910)
Etienne Adolphe Piot (French, 1850-1910)

The letter

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Etienne Adolphe Piot (French, 1850-1910)
The letter
signed with initials 'A P' (lower right)
oil on canvas
32 ½ x 24 3/8 in. (83 x 62 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Etienne Adolphe Piot studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and became a pupil of Léon Cogniet from 1870, where he developed his preferred subject; portraits of fashionable ladies of Parisian society. A member of the salon from 1883, Piot uses dark backgrounds to highlight the faces of his models and their knowing expression. In the present lot Piot uses a note, the contents of which are hidden from the viewer, to bring intrigue and narrative to the portrait.

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