Cottet, Charles, Biography

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Charles Cottet, 1863-1925, born in Le Puy-en-Velay and died in Paris. A painter and print maker associated with various groups, including the Symbolists, the Pont-Aven School, the Nabis, and particularly he was the  leader of a small group known as the Bande noir or the Nubians (in the 1890s). Their name was derived from a predilection for creating dark and sombre images, unlike the brighter renditions of the impressionists. This creates its own mood and can provoke the imagination in the manner of the Symbolists. Many of these scenes were based on the life, landscape and the harbours of the Brittany coast which he concentrated on for twenty years.

He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Artes under Puvis de Chavannes and also attended the Académie Julian. His friends and associates included Auguste Rodin, Charles Maurin, Félix Vallotton, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Ker-Xavier Roussel, and from his Bande noir Lucien Simon and André Dauchez.

His work is in many museums worldwide, including in the UK, the British Museum.