Artist or Maker: Eugène Galien Laloue
Description: Breton Woman by the Well Dimensions: 13.75″ × 17″
Medium: oil on canvas Notes: signed in the lower left hand corner, in black, “L. Dupuis” (one of the aliases used by the artist at the time to sign his works)
Galien-Laloue, the celebrated painter of Parisian street scenes, was born in Paris in December, 1854. Having studied under Chalres Laloue, he exhibited for the first time in 1876 at the Museum of Reims. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais in 1877 and continued to show his works there with great success throughout his life. Although primarily a painter of Parisian scenes, he also executed landscapes of Normandy and the Seine-et-Marne regions.
From the beginning of his career and perhaps spurred by his travels along the railway lines, Galien-Laloue became interested in showing the natural environment. He documented life along the canals and banks of the sea and rivers, showing an interest in maritime exploits.
Due to contractual obligations with dealers he often signed his more personal oils of this type under the pseudonyms Galtant, Courtier and Lievin. He achieved considerable fame within his own lifetime, and in recent years, his paintings have enjoyed an international resurgence in popularity.
Museum collections featuring works by this artist include:
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Louvier, France
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse, France
Musee des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle, France
Stuart Collection, University of California at San Diego