DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 55.9 x 47 cms / 22 x 18.5 inches
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
This beautiful painting is one of such works, depicting the ‘Quai de Bourbon’ in the fourth arrondissment of Paris.
This beautiful painting is one of such works, depicting the ‘Quai de Bourbon’ in the fourth arrondissment of Paris. The quay itself was built in 1614 by the Bourbon family and today remains a beautiful Parisian landmark, on the right bank of the River Seine. The use of yellow hues throughout this scene create a sense of the warm evening light found just after sunset in the Parisian capital, whilst at the same time it contrasts against the dark trees and figures, creating a romantic atmosphere that Loir was much admired for. Works such as this boosted Loir’s career and his reputation even further, so much so that in 1879 he was awarded the Bronze medal from as Exposant Fidèle des Artistes Français in Paris. 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. His craftsmanship and attention to detail led to his election as the official painter of the Boulevards of Paris.
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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.
Beyond the murals, Loir’s works vary from oils paintings to watercolours to lithographs. At Hôtel de Ville, Loir had exhibited preparatory sketches of La fête foraine. 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. He died in his beloved city on 9 February, 1916.
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