Gustave Cariot (1872-1950)

Biography

Gustave Cariot (1872-1950) was born in the Marais section of Paris, an enclave 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.

Eventually Cariot joined with the Societe des Artistes Independants and began exhibiting 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.

He was predominantly interested in the technique of the Pointillists, but never became a full-fledged Neo-Impressionist. Being inspired by Monet's studies of the Cathedral at Rouen, Cariot studied the effects of changing light and painted several series of works showing Paris at different hours of the day and in different seasons.