reference: Sanchez & Seydoux 1906-10
signature: lower right in pencil
before the unsigned edition of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts
About the Artist
Charles Cottet (1863, Le Puy-en-Velay – 1925, Paris), was a French painter, a famous post-impressionist. Cottet is known for his dark, evocative painting of rural Brittany (Bretagne) and seascapes. He led a school of painters known as the Bande noire or 'Nubians' group (for the somber palette they used, in contrast to the brighter Impressionist and Postimpressionist paintings), and was friends with such artists as Auguste Rodin. Cottet studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and attended the Académie Julian, where fellow students formed Les Nabis. He travelled and painted in Egypt, Italy and the Lake of Geneva, but he achieved fame with his sombre, firmly designed scenes of life on the Brittany coast. From 1886 he painted scenes of rural and harbour life during twenty years. Cottet exhibited at the Salon of 1889.