A pupil of both Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy, Cecile Scherrer would become a painter, frequently in watercolor, of portraits, landscapes and interiors. Working in a post-Impressionist style her paintings are delicate and well-crafted showing a particular skill in depicting a full and interesting composition. She was born in 1899 in Clement Ferrand but moved to Paris while in her teens to take art lessons. Her first major success as an artist would not come until she was thirty years of age when she first started exhibiting her work widely. Over the next twenty-five years her work was regularly shown at several important institutions including the Salons of Independants, Tuileries and d’Automne as well as the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts. In 1937 she was invited to exhibit at the Exposition Internationale in Paris, arguably her greatest achievement. She also held private shows in Paris, Strasbourg, Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Milan. Cecile Scherrer was a keen traveler and would make numerous trips to find subjects to paint. Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Algiers are recorded as countries she visited during the pre-War years. This particular work depicting banana plants was likely to have been painted during one of her North African trips. A death date for Scherrer is unknown. Her paintings can be seen at the French museums at Boulogne and Moulins.