Pierre Auguste Cot was born in Bedarieux, France. After adequate examinations at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse, Cot moved to Paris, where he continued his investigations. Under the tutelage of three broadly perceived bosses of their day, Leon Cogniet, Alexander Chanelle, and William Adolphe Bouguereau, Cot previously displayed his paintings in 1863. In 1865, he was granted first prize by L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. By 1870, his fame immediately arose, and charged representation painting of prominent blue-bloods dwarfed his prior metaphorical subjects at the Paris Salon, where his work appeared. As Cot painted representations all through most of his lifetime, his symbolic paintings, for example, "Tempest," are very uncommon.