Now retired from painting, Micheline Rodolphe Rousseau, was the nom- de-brosse of a witty and charming Frenchwoman who delighted us for years with her scenes of France of the Belle Epoch. It is almost as if she said, "Reality, don't enter here!" This is one of her best, the gathering of a group of fin-de-siecle "sportifs" at a cycle shop, a common sight before bikes and tires were made stronger. (Interestingly, the board's verso reveals a preliminary pencil sketch of another approach to the scene, one with a shallower perspective.) Oil on artist board. Approximately 15 inches by 23-1/2 inches.