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EUGENE GALIEN LALOUE (1854-1941) Oil on panel. French Impressionist
EUGENE GALIEN LALOUE (1854-1941) Oli on canvas French impressionist painting as LOUIS DUPUY Figure in a River Landscape Oil on panel Signed Size; 35.5 x 17 cm, plus frame.
French, 19th – 20th century, male. Highly collected Artist.
Born December 1854, in Paris; died 18 April 1941, in Chérence (Val-d’Oise).
Painter (gouache), watercolourist. Military subjects, genre scenes, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes.
Eugène Galien-Laloue was a skilled and productive artist, particularly when working in gouache and producing small-scale works. He painted almost exclusively the most picturesque spots of Paris, notably the Grands-Boulevards. He enjoyed a considerable reputation in the early years of the 20th century and painted the happy pre-war period when the city was filled with omnibuses and carriages. His work evokes the atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Paris and retains a documentary value. He also painted landscapes of Normandy, Seine-et-Marne, Marseilles, Italy and Venice and, in 1914, began painting military scenes.
Galien-Laloue is known to have used various pseudonyms, among which were J. Liévin and Liévin. This raises the question of whether the painter Jacques Liévin, to whom paintings on the same themes as those of Eugène Galien-Laloue have been attributed, was also merely a pseudonym of the latter. Jacques Liévin is said to have studied under Léon Germain Pelouse in the early years of the 20th Century, while Galien-Laloue is believed to have studied under one Charles Laloue; however, no evidence of the existence of Charles Laloue has been found. To add to the mystery, while Galien-Laloue was mainly a watercolourist and gouache painter, Jacques Liévin worked mainly in oil; it is, therefore, possible that Galien-Laloue used this false identity specifically for his oil paintings.
Whether or not Jacques Liévin was real, the museums of La Rochelle, Mulhouse and Louviers attribute the following paintings – very reminiscent of Galien-Laloue’s style – to him: Place de la République, Paris; Banks of the Seine; Quai Voltaire, Paris; Pont-Royal; Evening, Place de la Concorde; Oats at Angerville; Corn in Beauce.
Meanwhile, Galien-Laloue exhibited under his own name from 1877 at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
La Rochelle (MBA): Place de la République, Paris (gouache signed Liévin); Banks of the Seine – Quai Voltaire, Paris (gouache signed Liévin)
Louviers (Mus. municipal)
Paris, 20 June 2001: Porte de Chatillon (oil on canvas, 26 × 36 ins/66 × 92 cm) FRF 280,000
New York, 23 April 2002: Book Sellers on the Quai de Tournelle, Paris (gouache, 22 × 39 ins/55 × 98 cm) USD 75,000
London, 20 June 2002: Parisian Street Scene (pencil and gouache, 13 × 18 ins/33 × 46 cm) GBP 22,000
London, 3 June 2003: Busy Street Scene Near the Porte St Denis at Night (oil on canvas, 18 × 26 ins/46 × 65 cm) GBP 51,000
Paris, 20 June 2003: The Porte St-Denis in the Snow, The Flower Market (watercolour, pair, 15 × 17 ins/37 × 44 cm) EUR 72,000
Lyons, 17 Oct 2004: Paris, Winter, Snow, Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, at the Theatre du Gymnase (gouache, 21 × 37 ins/54 × 94 cm) EUR 140,000
Zurich, 26 March 2004: Paris, Street Scene (gouache, 17 × 28 ins/42 × 72 cm) CHF 65,000
Klein, David: Édouard Cortès et Eugène Galien-Laloue, Klein Art Gall., Los Angeles, 1993.
Willer, Noö: ‘Eugène Galien Laloue. Le Triomphe de Paris’ in vol. 1, catalogue raisonné, Kahan Fine Arts, New York, 1999.
(FRENCH, 1854 – 1941) River landscape
£ 1,000 – 1,500 GBP
MARCH 21, 2017 Bonhams, Knightsbridge British and European Art (Sale 23944) oil on panel
Measurements: 6.22 in. (15.80 cm.) (height) by 8.66 in. (22.00 cm.) (width)
Markings: signed ‘L. Dupuy.’ (lower left)