Paul Charles Chocarne Moreau was born in Dijon, in the Burgundy region of France, in 1855. His artistic training began in Paris and continued successively under the tutelage of Tony Robert-Fleury and William Bouguereau.
In 1882, Moreau participated at the Salon des Artistes Francais debuting as a scholar of Fluery with a painting called ‘Distraction’. In 1884, Moreau was listed as a student of both Robert-Fleury and Bouguereau, exhibiting ‘La Part du Braconnier’. At the 1886 Salon, he exhibited ‘Avant le Salon’, for which he was given an Honorable Mention. His regular participation at the Salon allowed Moreau to build a network of private patrons. He gained recognition for his portrayal of boyhood and his paintings were considered “highlights of the Salon”. By 1888, Chocarne-Moreau had become a member of the Société des Artistes Français and the following year took part in the Exposition Universelle where he was awarded a bronze medal.
Moreau specialized in genre painting portraying scenes of Parisian life where the main characters are usually young boys dressed up in their working clothes: young apprentice bakers, chimney sweeps, altar boys, school children who are engaged in all sorts of pranks.
This painting depicts the Place de la Concorde one of the major public squares in Paris. A boy selling plaster busts cadges a light from the baker boy, while behind him three other children inspect the alluring pastries in his basket. In the background there are people casually going about their day, like the fashionable lady holding flowers with her dog trailing behind her. Chocarne-Moreau’s depiction of Parisian life shows the new motor vehicles taking over the role of the horse drawn carriages.