Eugène LALOUE (1854-1941)

Eugène Galien Laloue was born on December 11, 1854 in Montmartre.
In 1874 he was employed by the French Railway lines as an illustrator.
Concurrently he began painting the surrounding landscapes as well. 

He exhibited for the first time in 1876 at the Museum of Reims, showing “Le quai aux fleurs par la neige” (Flower Market Along the Seine Under the Snow). The following year he exhibited for the first time at the annual Parisian Salon, showing “En Normandie” (In Normandy) as well as two gouaches. He preferred executing gouaches since they were less time consuming as his oils and brought comparable prices.

He had a reclusive personality, which also may explain the reasons behind his numerous pseudonyms as Eugène Galien Laloue was particularly adept at establishing several identities, since over the course of his career he worked under three pseudonyms: J. Lievin, E. Galiany and L. Dupuy.
Unlike many other artists as well, he did not like to travel and many of his views of other cities or countries were inspired by postcards and photographs, an increasing tendency with many artists as photography became a more established method of use.  In his private life he found simplicity alluring: he married three sisters, one after the other and he lived a monastic life.
He was an active participant in the annual Parisian Salons until 1889. After this point he took a five year sabbatical, during which time his daughter was born; he returned to the exhibition in 1904 with "Le Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle" (The Bonne Nouvelle Boulevard).

Galien Laloue continued to paint until 1940, when he broke the arm with which he held his brush.  He had become very popular with both French and especially American artists and continued to paint the same scenes of Paris throughout his career.  He died in his daughter’s house in Chérence, where they had taken refuge at the beginning of the Second World War, on April 18th, 1941.