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Gustave Cariot was a French Pointillist and Impressionist artist born in 1872 at Périgny-sur-Yerres near Paris. He grew up in the Marais area of Paris, a district where artists and small merchants flourished.  His father was a luggage-maker and encouraged Gustave to become his apprentice but the young Cariot insisted on pursuing an artistic career. 

As a youth, he dedicated his spare time to drawing and sketching various views of the city and countryside surrounding Paris. Largely self taught, Cariot became a celebrated Post-Impressionist painter. Cariot also particularly interested in the techniques of the Pointillists and Divisionists, showing an awareness of both brushstrokes and colour theory to his work.

In 1909 Cariot exhibited with “La Société Moderne”, a group set up by his friend and fellow painter Emmanuel de la Villéon. This group of artists exhibited at the Galeries Durand-Ruel in Paris. Cariot went on to join the Societe des Artistes Independants and exhibited in major Parisian exhibitions.  In addition to showing with the Salon Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Cariot participated in the Salon d’Automne and the Salon d’Hiver.

Cariot’s paintings of haystacks and rural scenes from the late 1920’s demonstrate his inspiration of Claude Monet’s ‘series paintings’ of the 1890’s, most notably those of Haystacks and Rouen Cathedral. Cariot studied the effects of changing light and painted several series of works showing Paris and the French or German countryside at different hours of the day and in different seasons.

After World War I, Cariot spent most of his time in Germany, and often returned too France in the autumn and winter.

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