Howard Portnoy Gallery, Carmel, California;
Private Collection, Jackson, Wyoming
Born in Paris in 1854, Galien-Laloue studied under Charles Laloue. Galien-Laloue made his debut at the Salon des Artistes Francais in 1877, and continued throughout his years to show his works there with great success. In recent years, his work has enjoyed an international resurgence in popularity. Yet Galien-Laloue had another side. As he was under contract to particular galleries and not allowed to show with others, he often painted under aliases. This allowed him to paint something other than the commercially saleable street scenes and to have artistic freedom. An alias gave him the ability to sell his more serious works and to make sales outside his dealer’s gallery. Thus, Galien-Laloue signed many oils with names such as Galiani and Lieven. Galien-Laloue was prolific and painted in many different styles throughout his career. He was a versatile painter and it should be noted that this was partially because he was such a superb and facile draftsman.
Galien- Laloue was painting in an electrifying city, a city that was the artistic and cultural centre of the world, a city in which ladies of high fashion paraded about streets that were for the first time being freshly populated by omnibuses and cabs. The entertainment and nightlife of Paris was unequalled by any other city in the world and Galien-Laloue captured that moment.