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Eugène Galien-Laloue

French Impressionist
(1854-1951)


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Place Clichy
Gouache on paper

Born in Paris in December of 1854, Eugene Galien-Laloue is recognized as one of the top masters of French impressionist street scenes.

Beginning in 1877 he was student of Charles Laloue, a long-time member of the Artistes Francais, a prestigious French art association. Gifted beyond measure, Galien-Laloue became well known at the turn of the century for capturing the very ambiance of Paris on his canvas.

Trois mâts à quai
Trois mâts à quai (Lenoir)
Oil on board

During the early part of his career as an artist Galien-Laloue took on several pseudonyms because of an exclusive contract with a major gallery. These pseudonyms included L. Dupuy, J. Lievin, Lenoir and E. Galiany, all of which are listed in the E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs and the Laloue Catalogue.

Théatre du Gymnase
Théatre du Gymnase
Gouache on paperboard

Working in gouache with light, delicate strokes, Galien-Laloue had the uncanny ability to give the illusion of detail in an impressionistic style. Well-known in France, his paintings of the early 1900's accurately represent the era in which he lived - Paris' happy, bustling days of horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars and its first omnibuses.

Hiver sur les Champs Elysées
Hiver sur les Champs Elysées
Gouache on paperboard

A typical Galien-Laloue painting depicted scenes of Parisian sidewalks and avenues crowded with people or turn-of-the-century tourists mingling before the capital's monuments.

Paysage de la côte normande
Paysage de la côte normande
Oil on canvas

In addition, the artist's landscapes of Normandy and Seine-et-Marne are highly esteemed, as well as the military scenes he produced in 1914. Indeed, Galien-Laloue's works are valued not only for their contribution to 20th century art, but for the actual history, which they document.

A forerunner in popularizing the painting of street scenes, Galien-Laloue has inspired and influenced many of yesterday's and today's artists, including renowned French impressionists Edouard Cortes and Antoine Blanchard.

Paris sous la neige  La Madeleine
Edouard Cortes
Paris sous la neige
Antoine Blanchard
La Madeleine

A historically prominent figure, the works of Eugene Galien-Laloue are sought out by discriminating and knowledgeable collectors all over the world.

Museums: Musée des Beaux-Arts, Louvier; Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Mulhouse, France.

Bibliography:
E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs
Eugene Galien-Laloue Catalogue Raisonné by Noe Willer
Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture.

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