A pupil of Leon Cogniet, Piot made his Paris Salon debut in 1850 and became a member of the Society of French artists in 1883. In 1890 he obtained an honourable mention. As a commercial artist, Piot was highly successful. He was able to capitalize on the growing demand for portraits from the upper echelons of Parisian society. Every Debutante in Europe would sit for artists like Piot, nowhere more so than in the French capital during the belle epoch. The captivating mystery he was able to give his patrons through portraiture ensured the artist was always in demand and although we do not know the identity of the sitter in this example, Reflective Mood is typical of Piot’s work at this time. Paintings by this artist can be found in the Museum of Rouen and also in the Brooklyn Museum, New York.