Paul-François Berthoud, French sculptor, painter and engraver, born in Paris on May 17, 1870. Pupil of Pierre Dupuis, Fontaine and Larroux. Among his painted œuvre, we find urban landscapes, views of the Seine, churches or house interiors, and still lifes. He also varied the techniques used (oil on canvas or on panels, pastel and engraving), and some paintings (like this one) are signed by his pseudonym, Gilbert Lanquetin, or his other name, Berthoud d’Aulnay. Member of the Nationale, he exhibited from 1926 to 1939. Founder of the Salon d’Automne, he exhibited there regularly between 1907 and 1931. He was garnered with an Honorable Mention at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1898. Died in Paris in 1939.
This painting depicts an anonymous village square and was exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in Paris in 1913.