Louis Marie de Schryver, 1862-1942, was born in Paris. He was the son of a well-respected journalist and was raised in privileged upper class of French society. De Schryver’s artistic talent was apparent at a young age, and he exhibited his first entry at the Paris Salon at the age of only thirteen. Early in the artist’s career, paintings of modern life in Belle Époque Paris became a subject for artists. ,
As a member of the upper class himself, de Schryver was familiar with the leisure activities of the fashionable women of Paris that would become his subject matter. Among the many changes to daily life in the waning years of the 19th century was the increasing visibility of women outside the home. Both the chic women strolling the boulevards to show off their modish new dresses and hats and the young women selling flowers and staffing the cafés and boutiques in the fashionable areas of town were taking advantage of new freedoms. De Schryver had a particular affinity for the women who worked as Paris’s flower vendors.
Throughout his career he experienced the fluctuating artistic temperament of the art world of Paris, but he had maintained similar themes throughout his career, beginning early on with still lifes and portraiture, finding his greatest success with his Parisian scenes, dabbling for a short time in the culture of the automobile, but then returning to his popular Parisian scenes after also working with landscapes. Louis Marie de Schryver’s images contributed to the interest in contemporary scenes of Parisian life that remained popular throughout most of his lifetime.