EUGÈNE GALIEN LALOUE 1854 - 1941

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Les Boulevards—Statue de la Republique

Gouache, signed

8 x 12½ in

£15,000

 

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Born in Montmartre, Paris in 1854, the oldest of nine children, he was the son of the set designer Charles Laloue, who died when Eugene was sixteen. He started his career training as a Solicitor but shortly after enlisted in the Army and served in the Franco Prussian war of 1870- 1871. In 1874, he was employed by the French Railways as an illustrator, depicting the railway track that was being laid from Paris to the Provinces and at the same time started to paint the surrounding landscape.He exhibited for the first time in 1876 at the Museum of Reims ‘Le quai aux fleurs par la neige’ and the following year at the Paris Salon, exhibiting a painting entitled ‘En Normandie’. He exhibited at the Society of French Artists between 1877 and 1914. He continued to exhibit at the Paris Salon until 1889. After this time he took a five year sabbatical, during which time his daughter was born. He returned to the Salon in 1904, exhibiting a gouache of the Bonne Nouvelle Boulevard. During the first two decades of the twentieth century he also exhibited at Dijon, Orleans,   Versailles, Roubaix, St. Etienne, Bourdeaux, Monte Carlo and several other cities Known predominantly as a painter in gouache of Parisian street scenes, Galien Laloue’s early work    reflects his traditional training. He also painted landscapes, coastal and river scenes in Normandy and around Paris, the Seine and the Marne. He exhibited two of his gouaches of Paris at the Paris Salon in 1886 and 1889. It was, however, for his special ability to capture the architecture and sense of gaiety of Paris during the era of the ‘Belle Époque’ for which he has become justly famous. His paintings and gouaches are highly sought after on both sides of the Atlantic and continue to be highly collectable. Galien Laloue continued to paint until 1940, when he broke his right arm. Despite his reluctance to    integrate with other artists, his paintings offer a record of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Paris,

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