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Eugene Galien Laloue was born in Paris on December 1854, to Charles and Endoxie Laloue as the first of 9 children. He was first trained as an architect, and his skills as a draughtsman can clearly be seen in his depictions of Paris. Under the tutelage of Charles Laloue, he quickly gained fame as an artist, specializing in watercolour and gouache. He changed his name to Galien-Laloue as a tribute to his teacher, whom he studied with in 1877. By 1878 he was exhibiting at the Salon and he continued to do so throughout his life. His talent was widely acknowledged by his contemporaries and his work was extremely popular during his lifetime.

His attention to detail, accuracy of perception and reproduction of architecture, clearly set him above other street scene painters. Laloue rendered the uncompromising beauty of life in France, depicting popular monuments, structures, villages and Harbours recognized throughout Europe. A typical painting by Laloue depicts boulevards and avenues crowded with Parisians and tourists before the capital's monuments. In addition to his characteristic paintings of Paris, Laloue produced a number of Landscapes. He was employed by the French Railway to travel and paint new sections of the Rail network. His work in the provinces focused particularly on Normandy and Siene-et-Marne. Despite producing some excellent landscapes, his favourite subject was always life in Paris, usually in autumn or winter. Laloue continued to paint his beloved Parisian subjects under various pseudonym’s until 1940, when he broke the arm with which he held his brush. He died a year later in his daughter’s house in Chérence on April 18th, 1941.

1874 Galien-Laloue was employed by the French Railway as an illustrator
1876 Exhibited “Le quai aux fleurs par la neige” at the Museum of Reims
1877-1880 Exhibited at the ‘Salon des Artistes Francais’
1886, 1889, 1904-1911 Exhibited at the ‘Salon des Artistes Francais’
1912 Exhibited at Dijon, Orleans, Saint-Quentin, Versailles, Roubaix, Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux
1913 Exhibited with ‘L’Ecole Francaise’, then at the ‘Paris Moderne’ at Monte Carlo, Orleans, Hautecoeur, Nogent Sur Marne and Geneve.
1914 Exhibited at the ‘Salon des Artistes Francaise’. Shows at Versailles, au Puy, Dijon, St-Quentin.
1930 Drouot auctioneers held a sale of his gouaches “Views of Paris”
Private Collection, Paris.
Height 8.50 inch (21.59 cm)
Width 12.00 inch (30.48 cm)
Watercolour and Guaoche
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