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. 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 and E. Galiany, all
of which are listed in the E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres,
Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs and the Laloue Catalogue.
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. 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.
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. A historically prominent figure, the works
of Eugene Galien-Laloue are sought out by discriminating and knowledgeable
collectors all over the world.
Museums: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Louvier; Musee des
Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Mulhouse, France.
Bibliography: E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres,
Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs; Eugene Galien-Laloue
Catalogue Raisonne by Noe Willer, and Dictionnaire des Petits
Maitres de la Peinture.