Le Printemps (Spring) – Pierre Auguste Cot
Oil on canvas, by Pierre Auguste Cot in 1873.
This painting depicts young love. Look at this young couple as they innocently share a swing. The couple is surrounded by symbols of nature’s rebirth and life associated with spring, such as butterflies, flowers and water. The couple shyly gaze at each other, while the girl embraces the young man. The surrounding dense forest symbolizes a hidden place, it feel some what ominous. The way the light shines on them as if a spot light depicts the softness and warmth of a blossoming relationship.
The painting symbolizes the newness of life and rebirth associated with Spring.
This can be viewed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.