EUGENE GALIEN-LALOUE was born 1854 in montmartre, paris, france. during his early employment with the ‘french railway lines’ as an illustrator he started to paint the landscape surrounding the railway track as well. eugene was apparently interested in the natural environment, kind of an early ‘plein-air’ artist, and he preferred to work in gouache since it was less time consuming as oil. he did not like to travel, and many of his views of further away motifs were based on photographs, an increasing method in those early photography-days. galien laloue focussed in his work, spanning four decades, to portray the late nineteenth/early twentieth century PARIS. not so much the people , but more so the architecture and impressionist streetlife. he died in 1941 at the beginning of the second world war. similar to EUGENE ADGET with his photographic portraits of paris he was a documentary artist-painter of the BELLE EPOQUE, showing us one of the world’s most beautiful cities with it’s sidewalks and crowded streets, boulevards and ‘quartiers’.
© eugene galien-laloue