This painting represents the entrance to the Biron Flea Market in Saint-Ouen in the Île-de-France region at the beginning of the 20th century. The work is signed lower right.
Charles Blondin, a Parisian painter of the end of the 19th century is mainly known for his oils dealing with Parisian landscapes. Fleas, the Moulin Rouge, the Tuileries, the Palais Garnier...are his favourite subjects that he will never tire of painting. Through his oils we can trace the urban atmosphere of Paris at the beginning of the century. His signature? A painting full of candor and softness. A light and blurred touch, imprecise forms and proportions sometimes forgotten. It is a painting of suggestion and emotions, a painting of atmosphere where the final composition takes precedence over the detail.