A scribble on the back indicates that this painting by Gaston Bonfils was exhibited in the 1897 edition of the famous Paris salon. In fact, Bonfils was a founding member of the Salon d"Hiver (Winter Salon) in Paris. Gaston Bonfils (1898-1967) was born in Menton (France) and studied with Leon and Auguste Glaize. Beginning in 1878 he exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he was a member. From 1897 to 1937, he also exhibited at the Salon d’Hiver where he was a founding member. He lived in the rue Dautancourt in Montmartre and, after 1909, in Viarmes near the Chateau of Chantilly and the village of Beaumont where he died. During his lifetime the French state and the city of Paris purchased a number of his works. Framed size 16.5" x 13.25", painting itself is 12.75" x 9.5". Repairs to two of the inner corners of the frame. Oil on wood panel.