Painting the immensely popular street scenes of "Belle Epoque" Paris was not enough for Eugene Galien-Laloue, who would take several aliases to allow himself the luxury of experimenting and exploring alternate styles and subject matter without any concerns for his commercial success. His alternate names would include Galiani and Lieven, among others.
While his French Impressionist street scenes are considered among the best examples of the era, all of his work has been credited for its excellence of execution because of his early training in architecture and drafting. Luckily the artist grew weary of the promotional aspects of his chosen profession and made the transition to painting. His works were done primarily on paper, in watercolor and gouache, but he also experimented with other media including oil, and pen, pencil and ink.
A native of Paris, Galien-Laloue studied under his father Charles and made his Salon debut at the age of seventeen. He would continue to show his work in this venue throughout his career. He was a distinguished artist and selected by the Republic of France to serve as a "war artist" during both the Franco Prussian and First World Wars, producing watercolor military scenes.
Galien-Laloue continued to produce his scenes of "Paris at its best" full of beautiful shops, crowds of people and the city's most notable monuments, all in dramatic light and with delicate lines for many years. He only ceased working at the age of eighty six, after he broke his brush arm. He died in April of 1941.
His paintings are in some of the world's most famous museums, and there are still frequent exhibitions of his works at smaller galleries around the world.