Eugène Galien-Laloue, 1854-1941, FRENCH
LE MARCHÉ AUX FLEURS
Watercolour and gouache on paper
20.5 by 33cm., 8 by 13in.
Since June 7, 2014, on the occasion of the state visit of the British Queen Elizabeth II who came to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, this market has been renamed. Indeed, during her visit to the market, the British head of state unveiled a new street sign with the name “Marché aux fleurs Reine Elizabeth II (Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market)”, which does nothing to detract from the authenticity of the place. More on the Marché aux fleurs
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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