Les Poëtes Chansonniers Montmartrois.
[Paris, 1901?] 20 by 15, matted and framed. An intriguing and quite charming painting of a cafe scene in Belle Époque Paris. Research has failed to yield anything about the artist, although he has signed his name (Gaston Dumoniel?), dated his work 1901, and even given the precise name and address of the cafe. Le Grand Manège at 4 Rue Buffault, Faubourg Montmartre, was once popular with early bicyclists (although no one present here appears dressed for the sport) and was positively reviewed in La Bicyclette of April 13, 1894. Provenance: Private collection, California.
(Item Id: 107151)