The Belle Epoque, "Age of Beauty", in Paris was captured by many well known painters and artists, among them was Luigi Loir. Long considered a highly methodical painter by his peers, Loir was able to depict the city in all of its many moods, both day and night.
His skills of observation and superior craftsmanship were of such remarkable quality that a majority of his works, in oil or watercolor and including many lithographs, were acquired by the city of Paris and other French museums.
Loir had studied at the Beaux Art Academy of Parma beginning in 1853, and had his first exhibition at the Salon of 1865. The painting he submitted, "Paysage a Villiers-sur Seine", drew remarkable amounts of attention and won him an Honorable Mention.
While working as a serious painter Loir also worked in the studio of the set designer, Pastelot, and continued to do so even after his successful first Salon. With the advent of the Franco-Prussian war however, Loir would be commissioned by the French military to record the Battle of Bourget. The work he created gained him a further commission after the war, and work as the "official painter of the Boulevards of Paris". From that point on he concentrated entirely on painting Parisian scenes of all kinds. He continued to exhibit at the Salons, continuing to receive medals and accolades throughout the rest of his career.