Le Carrousel, c.1890

by Luigi Loir


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 20 x 23 inches (50.8 x 58.4 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Loir Luigi’ (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on panel

Beyond the murals, Loir’s works vary from oils paintings to watercolours to lithographs. At Hôtel de Ville, Loir had exhibited preparatory sketches of Le Carrousel.  This painting of a fair with a mass of people overwhelmed the museums and Loir received high recognition.


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    A little methodical perhaps, Loir concentrated exclusively on painting views of Paris, at the time the centre of the world. In these works, Loir caught and expressed the many faces of the city of lights, at different times of the day.

    Hammer Galleries – New York, 1973 (stamped verso)
    Christie’s – New York (labels verso)
    Private French collection

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    Born in Austria, Luigi Loir first started training formally in art in 1853 at the Beaux- Arts Academy of Parma and finished his studies in 1865. He made his debut in the Salon of Paris with a view of Villiers-sur-Seine that received very high praise. Subsequently, Loir studied under Jean Amable Amédée Pastelot (1810-1870) to become a mural painter, and one of Loir’s first commissions was to paint the murals and ceilings at the Chateaux du Diable (The Devil’s House) in 1866.

    The Municipal Council of Paris purchased Le marché a la ferraille, and the city of Paris would acquire La rue de la Pitie, vue du Val de Grace, while the Empress of Russia purchased a watercolour entitled The Celebration of the Throne. Luigi enjoyed success and the recognition of his talent throughout his own lifetime. Hence in 1870, he was commissioned into the military to record the battles of Bouret.

    Loir’s craftsmanship and attention to detail led to his election as the official painter of the Boulevards of Paris. This boosted his career and his reputation even further. In 1879 he was awarded the Bronze medal from as Exposant Fidèle des Artistes Français in Paris.

    He died in his beloved city on 9 February, 1916.

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