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Gross moved to Paris in 1927 and chose to go south to paint. He lived and worked for a while in Brive-la-Gaillarde, Toulouse and St Tropez. Gross felt that he achieved a breakthrough in his work in St Tropez, learning from the work of Van Gogh how to be more spontaneous in his painting. Gross moved back to Paris in 1929 but spent his summers from 1930-33 in Villeneuve-sur-Lot. This painting shows Gross's wife, the artist Daisy Florenty, on foot, and her niece Huguette on a bicycle. When Gross painted in the South of France his colours were brighter than those used for painting life in the industrial suburbs of Paris.

September 2004