FRANÇOIS-JOSEPH LUIGI LOIR
Luigi Loir was born at Goritz (Austria) of French parents on the 22 December 1845.
In 1853, Loir entered the ‘Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Parme’ and ten years later travelled to Paris to paint there. Loir joined the atelier of the decorative painter Pastelot.
In 1865, Loir made his debut at the Paris Salon with a painting entitled, ‘Paysage a Villiers-sur-Seine’, which was well received. At this stage of his artistic career, Loir concentrated on decorative work and notable for the decoration of ‘Chateaux de Diable’ in 1866.
After the military campaign of 1870, Loir distinguished himself in the Battle of Bourget. After this time Loir painted scenes of Parisian life, landscapes, genre subjects and still life.
Loir exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais gaining medals of excellence in 1879 and 1889. In 1898 Loir was decorated with the Legion d’honneur.
Loir’s depictions of Parisian life are full of incident and charm with precise observation.
As well as painting in oils, Loir also painted in watercolour and was a talented lithographer.
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