Entitled, the Reed Cutter, this atmospheric composition was painted around 1890 by the French paysagiste, Victor Gelly. For a painter of such obvious talents, there is surprisingly little biographical information available. Emmanuel Benezit is his Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs makes reference to his death date of 1899 and a location of Chennevieres-sur-Marne. The only other clear facts are his participation in the exhibitions of the Société des Artistes Francais in 1892 and again in 1894. From a stylistic point of view, it is safe to assume that Gelly was aware of the painters of the Barbizon School as his treatment of light and choice of subject bear strong similarities to various painters in that coterie of artists.