Galien Laloue

Eugene Galien-Laloue was born in December of 1854 in Paris, France. Eugene Galien-Laloue was solitary by nature and could be considered difficult to deal with but painting was his passion throughout his entire life. When he returned from war in 1870, Galien-Laloue decided to earn his living with his passion, painting. It didn’t take to become a successful artist. He is one of the most recognized French impressionists of street scenes. In 1877, Galien-Laloue became the student of Charles Laloue, who was a long time member of the Artistes Francais. Galien-Laloue became well known at the turn of the century for capturing the ambiance of Paris on a canvas. In the early part of his career, he went by several pseudonyms including L. Dupuy, Lenoir, E. Galiany, and J. Lievin. By working with gouache in delicate strokes Galien-Laloue gave an impressionist style the feel of detail. His paintings of the early 1900s accurately represent the era in which he lived. The days of bustling, horsedrawn carriages, trolley cars, and the first omnibuses. Typically, Galien-Laloue depicted scenes of Parisian sidewalks and avenues crowded with people. Along with his popular Paris paintings, Galien-Laloue’s landscapes of Normandy and Seine-et-Marne were highly acclaimed. While popular for the artistic aspect, his paintings were also popular for the fact that his art documented actual history. He was influenced by many other famous artists including Edouard Cortes and Antoine Blanchard. His works are still highly sought after by many esteemed collectors.