Eugene Galien Laloue Biography
Eugene Galien Laloue Born in Paris 1854, Eugene Galien Laloue studied under his father Charles Laloue, as a set designer. His debut was almost exclusively as a painter in gouache of Parisian street scenes and Galien Laloue's early works reflect his traditional training. He painted landscapes, coastal and river scenes in Normandy and around Paris, the Seine and the River Marne. In contrast to his later works, these show a broad technique with significant use of impasto. It was at the turn of the century that Galien Laloue commenced his detailed gouaches depicting Paris and Parisian life. During the Great War he painted scenes in the ruined towns behind the front lines and continued to depict Paris in wartime. Laloue's adeptness in working in oil as well as watercolour, pastel and gouache was a talent few artists mastered. He illustrated a natural ability to extend his skills through different mediums and with apparent ease. Purists and academics marveled at his abilities and would argue his achievements in oil paints are more atmospheric and gain in depth through this medium.