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Eugène Galien Laloue is best known for his Parisian Street scenes, mainly executed in gouache, which captured so vividly the era of the Belle Époque, and the hustle and bustle of Parisian life in the inter war years. He was one of the first artists to use the image of the motorcar and tram and bus transport as a metaphor to depict the modern pressure of city life.
Born in Paris in 1854, he studied art under his father, Charles Laloue, a set designer. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1877 with an oil ‘en Normandie’, at which time he was living in Montmartre. His early work reflected his traditional training, and he painted landscapes, coastal and river scenes in Normandy and around Paris, the Seine and the river Marne. It is however for his Parisian street scenes that he has become justly famous, and they are avidly collected on both sides of the Atlantic. He exhibited two of these gouache street scenes at the Paris Salon in 1886 and 1889.