Piet received his academic training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and exhibited his work to great acclaim at the Salon d’Automne, des Independants and des Artistes Francais as of 1893. He was awarded the prestigious Bronze Medal at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris, and was decorated with the highly coveted Palmes Academiques in 1910. His work was included in an international exhibition at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh in 1922, which established his reputation in the United States.
Piet executed numerous preparatory sketches for his paintings, and sought inspiration from the animated public gardens, noisy brasseries and vivacious cabarets of his beloved Paris. He captured the spontaneity of children at play, the bustling urban street life, and luminosity of the flowing waters of the Seine. He was particularly drawn to the Nabis artists Bonnard and Vuillard, and wove flat planes of color into intricate patterns in order to create richly textured, densely formatted compositions that are vibrant and picturesque.
French Artist (1869 - 1942)
'In the Public Gardens'
Oil on canvas
7.5 x 10.5 in.
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
Neue Pinakothek, Munich
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture, 1996.