The Secret Admirer. Etienne Adolphe Piot (French,1850-1910). Oil on canvas.
As a painter of the female face, Piot had few equals. His idealized depiction of women and girls are full of sentimentality yet possess a technical skill that is of the highest level. Piot was a student of Leon Cogniet, at his Paris atelier, in the late 1870’s. Cogniet instilled within the young artist a love for the human form.