This outstanding example of French Modernism was painted around 1925 byMarie Rolland Gerardin. He was born in Paris about 1900 and showed an early aptitude for painting. At the age of eighteen he was enrolled in the atelier of Jean Paul Laurens in Paris. Laurens taught the basics of traditional French genre painting but encouraged personal expression. Gerardin's expression came in the form of mannerism, a style now associated with the early Art Deco Movement. In 1928 he was invited to participate in the Salon des Artistes Francais exhibition and his work was approved by the public and critics alike. He won a Gold Medal at the Paris Salon of 1930.