EUGENE GALIEN-LALOUE (French, 1854-1941)

Born in Paris in 1854, Eugene Galien Laloue studied under his father Charles Laloue, a set designer. His debut at the Paris Salon was in 1877 with an oil entitled “en Normandie” at which time he was living in Montmartre. Known almost exclusively as a painter of Parisian street scenes he is prized for his elegant handling of gouache. He captured the atmosphere the city’s beauty and was eagerly collected by French connoisseurs and American tourists.

It was at the turn of the century that Galien Laloue commenced his detailed gouaches depicting Paris and Parisian life. During the Great War he painted scenes in the ruined towns behind the front line and continued to depict Paris in wartime. He turned to pastel and gouache in the late 1880’s, exhibiting each in 1886 and in 1889, two gouaches at the Paris Salon. It is, however, as a supreme draughtsman painting street scenes in Paris, that he is renowned. With an eye for detail and color he records Parisian life with its trams, omnibuses, flower stalls and newsstands, but above all, the architecture of the city itself and its inhabitants.

As his fame grew, he won prizes, became a member of the Artistes Francias, and was selected by the French government to paint scenes of the Franco-Prussian war and WWI. He occasionally exhibited under the pseudonyms Galiani and Lieven due to contractual obligations with his dealers. This allowed him to paint subjects other than the commercially salable street scenes, and to make sales outside his dealer’s gallery.

Galien-Laloue was prolific and painted in many different styles throughout his career. He was a versatile painter and it should be noted that this was partially because he was such a superb and facile draftsman. Today his work is in several French museums, including the Musee des Beaux-Arts of Louvier and the Musee des Beaux-Arts of La Rochelle.