Etienne Adolphe Piot
Étienne-Adolphe Piot was born in 1831 in Digoin, Saône-et-Loire, France. He moved to Paris and studied under Leon Cogniet. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1850. In 1860 he was among the painters whose work was shown at the Exposition de Bourdeaux. In 1864 he was living in New York City where he exhibited a portrait at the National Academy of Design. In 1869 he was again living in Paris.
Piot was very successful commercially, taking advantage of the increasing demand for portraits from wealthy Parisians. During the Belle Epoque every debutante had to have her portrait painted, and Piot was skilled in making captivating portraits. Piot became a member of the Societe des Artistes Francais in 1883. In 1890 he received an honorable mention for the work he exhibited at 1889 Exposition Universelle.
His work is held by the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen and the Brooklyn Museum, New York.