The central challenge of history painting lay in selecting a particular subject that could engage the heart and instruct the mind. Grand settings and symbolic accessories proved the artist’s grasp of perspective depth and still-life draftsmanship. Compositions and color schemes had to be carefully conceived to accentuate the principal characters and to clarify the meanings of the incidents. National Gallery
01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of the time, Part 27 - With Footnotes
Eugène Galien-Laloue, (French, 1854-1941)
Théâtre du Châtelet
Gouache over traces of pencil
19 x 30.5cm (7 1/2 x 12in)
The Théâtre du
Châtelet is a theatre and opera house, located in the place du
Châtelet in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France.
The theatre is one of two apparent twins
constructed along the quays of the Seine, facing each other across the open
Place du Châtelet and its ornate fountain. Their external architecture is
essentially Palladian entrances under arcades. At the centre of the plaza is a
sphinx-endowed fountain, erected in 1808, which commemorates Napoleon's victory
in Egypt. More on Théâtre du Châtelet
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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