Eugene Galien Laloue (1854-1941)

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Eugene Galien Laloue was one of the great artists of the Paris street scene, which he produced in an Impressionist style. His paintings stand out from those of other artists of the day due to the way in which he was able to depict the landmarks and monuments of Paris, giving special attention to the architectural detail.

Paris le Marche aux Fleurs
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He was born in Paris, in Monmartre, and was one of nine children. After the death of his Father at the age of sixteen, he left school to work in the office of a Notary. However, this was the time of the Franco Prussian War and he quickly left this job to enlist in the army. It is thought that whilst in the military he decided to become an artist. After leaving the army he found a job with French Railways as an illustrator. He produced illustrations of the tracks that were being laid from Paris to the provinces.

Place de la Republique
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He exhibited for the first time at the Museum of Reims with a painting entitled, ‘Flower Market along the Seine under the Snow.’ After that he exhibited at the Paris Salon, and was to exhibit there regularly thereafter. He was said to have taken scrupulous notes of the paintings he sold and the price paid.

Flower Market
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He was to produce paintings of his beloved Paris all his life, and particularly liked to portray the city in Autumn and Winter. He was to go on to produce countless paintings of the monuments of Paris such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. Many of his paintings tell a story, in that they show what Paris life of the early 1900s, was like, with its horse drawn carriages, trolley cars, bustling boulevards, and its markets. In a sense he was a recorder of the history of the city.

Un 14 Juillet Place de la Republique de la Bastille
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He was, however, a solitary figure and did not have close friends among other artists of the day, and also did not like to travel. When he painted other cities, it was from postcards and photographs. He also used pseudonyms, and art historians have said that this was due to his reclusive personality and the wish to remain somewhat anonymous.

Foire aux Pains D’epicerie La Nation
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One of the pseudonyms that he used was J. Lievin. He took this name from the name of a soldier that he met during the Franco Prussian war. He also used the surname Galiany. Galiany was an Italian version of his French surname. His father was Italian. The third name that he was known to have used is Dupuy Leon after someone that lived in his region. There is a possibility that he also used other pseudonyms as well.

La Madeleine Sous La Neige
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Although his notoriety is due to the depiction of Paris street scenes, it should not be forgotten that his paintings dealt with other subjects also. At the beginning of the First World War he was too old to join up and so he took to painting scenes of battle. He paid particular attention to the details of the individual soldiers, and in particular their costumes. He also produced magnificent landscapes of Normandy, and the area around Barbizon, and the Forest Of Fontainebleau. Whereas his Paris scenes dealt with the seasons of autumn and winter, he depicted his landscapes of Normandy and the area around the Forest of Fontainebleau in the spring and summer.

La Place de la Republique Sous la Neige
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Eugene Galien Laloue, as a man, is certainly a bit of a mystery, his reclusive nature, and the number of pseudonyms that he used certainly set him apart from his contemporaries of the day. He was also to marry three times, but the strange thing about his marriages was that they were all sisters, whom he married one after the other!

Towards the beginning of the Second World War he went to live with his daughter in the village of Cherence, just a mile or so from Vetheuil, the village where Monet lived for a number of years. It was there that he died.

Place Clichy
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Paris street scenes by Eugene Galien Laloue are certainly sought after and valuable. If you have a painting of a Paris street scene with particular attention paid to the architectural detail, it is possible that it is by him. The fact that the signature is not Galien Laloue or any of his other known pseudonyms should not discount it as one of his paintings, as art historians believe there is a possibility that he may have used other names as well of which we are not aware. If you suspect you may own a Laloue, please contact us.