The Parisian artist Victor Gabriel Gilbert earned his reputation for market scenes and was considered the pre-eminent painter of the place du marché. He achieved considerable success, while firmly establishing his reputation at the Paris Salon of 1880, where he obtained a second class medal, great critical acclaim and a state purchase for his painting entitled A Corner of the Fish Market, Morning (Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille).
By the mid-19th century there was a proliferation of daily markets throughout Paris, supplying the growing city. Fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers flowed daily into the city, carried by peasants and local farmers, to please the palettes and tastes of its inhabitants.
Signature: Signed lower left
Image rights: Prudence Cuming Associates
Private collection, Paris