Eugene Galien-Laloue (1854–1941)
Eugene Galien-Laloue was a French artist celebrated for his fin-de-siecle Parisian street scenes. Born Eugene Galiany to French-Italian parents, he changed his name to honor his teacher, Charles Laloue, with whom he studied in 1877. Prized for his elegant handling of gouache, he captured the atmosphere of post-Haussman Paris in a refined, Impressionistic style. His paintings served as mementos of the city’s beauty and were eagerly collected by French connoisseurs and American tourists. As his fame grew, he won prizes, became a member of the Artistes Français, and was selected by the French government to paint scenes of the Franco-Prussian war and WWI. He occasionally exhibited under the pseudonyms Galiani and Lieven due to contractual obligations with his dealers; today, his work is in several French museums, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Louvier and the Musée des Beaux-Arts of La Rochelle.