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A French Village
EUGENE GALIEN-LALOUE (1854-1941)
Width - 36.25inch (92.07cm)
Framed Width - 45.25inch (114.93cm)
DescriptionA French Village
A FRENCH VILLAGE
1854 – 1941
Oil on canvas 28 ¾ x 36 ¼ inches
Framed size 37 ¾ x 45 ¼ inches
Born in Paris in December 1854 Eugene Galien-Laloue is recognized as one of the top masters of French impressionist street scenes. In 1877 he was a student of Charles Laloue, a longtime 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 his career as an artist he used a number of pseudonyms, possibly because of an exclusive contract with a major Gallery.
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 horses drawn carriages, trolley cars and its first omnibuses.
A typical Galien-Laloue painting depicted scenes of Parisian sidewalks and avenues crowded with people of 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 the 20th Century art,
but for the actual history, which they document.
He also was a forerunner in popularizing paintings of street scenes. Galien-Laloue has inspired and influenced many of yesterdays and today’s artists, including renowned French impressionists Edouard Cortes and Antoine Blanchard.
His paintings 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.
Bibl: Benezit, Eugene Galien-Laloue Catalogue Raisonne by Noe Willer;
Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture
This painting is signed with one of his more rarely used recorded pseudonyms, which appears on some of his later works, being E. Lemaitre (The Master).
This signature seems to be reserved for his bright and airy French landscapes.