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Brittani Chirichella 11/26/07 D231 Section 001 At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there are an immense amount of paintings deserving of more than just a passing glance. In particular, Springtime, author Pierre-Auguste Cot, drew my attention immediately. In an age of romance in 19 th century Europe, Pierre-Auguste Cot captures an innocent love which continues to grow and mature. The scene depicts a man and woman sitting next to each other on a swing. The sun peaks through a mass of trees, shining directly on butterflies and daisies, emphasizing the importance of their symbolism in the painting. While the daisies represent the measure of love, the butterflies symbolize a significant change taking place at that moment. Also in the painting are violets, representing an innocent love, humility, and modesty (Heilmeyer, 88). The violets are how the relationship was originally innocent and affectionate, yet the butterflies represent that love changing into something deeper. The position of the woman leaning against the man with her arms wrapped around his
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course D 231 taught by Professor Raub during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.

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