Thursday, March 1, 2018

01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 22 - With Footnotes

Eugène Galien-Laloue, (French, 1854-1941)
Le Quai de la Seine 
Gouache
26 x 44.5cm (10 1/4 x 17 1/2in).
Private collection

The Seine is an important commercial waterway within the Paris Basin, flowing through Paris and into the English Channel at Le Havre.

It’s impossible to miss the old barges that are lined up along the banks of the Seine. Also known as self-propelled barges, these boat-homes are an original way of living at the heart of the capital that allows owners to benefit from one of the most beautiful settings Paris has to offer. More on Le Quai de la Seine



Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854–1941) was a French artist of French-Italian parents and was born in Paris on December 11, 1854. He was a populariser of street scenes, usually painted in autumn or winter. His paintings of the early 1900s accurately represent the era in which he lived: a happy, bustling Paris, la Belle Époque, with horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars and its first omnibuses. Galien-Laloue's works are valued not only for their contribution to 20th-century art, but for the actual history, which they document. His work can be seen at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Louvier; Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Mulhouse, France.


A typical Galien-Laloue painting depicts sidewalks and avenues crowded with people or tourists mingling before the capital's monuments. He also painted the landscapes of Normandy and Seine-et-Marne, as well as military scenes he was commissioned to produce in 1914. The Republic of France selected Galien-Laloue to work as a 'war artist,' both during the Franco-Prussian War and World War I, chiefly in watercolor. More on Eugène Galien-Laloue








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