This book will gratify those art lovers and collectors who have an interest in the artists who appear only in the secondary auctions of Sotheby's or Christies, if they appear in American auctions at all. The authors have provided biographical data, to the extent it may be available, on some of the many fine artists with a Parisian connection, who never had a reputation equal to their worth or lost their reputations through the attrition of time. They are fine artists as the pictures which appear with each biographical sketch suggest, yet they never made the breakthrough which, as any collector or dealer knows, is so much a matter of chance, dependent as it is on many factors outside the control of the artist. Hopefully, the great inflation of prices for contemporary and modern art, will stir interest in those, who like these artists, and those who appear in the second volume in this series, can provide considerable gratification, whether or not one can count on an appreciated selling price. Having seen original works by some of this group, I will attest to the worthiness of their efforts, although they may not match Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne or Monet. For a price often within the range of those collectors who hover at the lower levels of the intermediate market, one can own pictures which will give a lifetime of joy.