Luigi Loir France

12-22-1845 Goritz, AUS - 2-9-1916 Paris, FRA

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Loir, Luigi

Luigi Loir parents were of French origins, but his family lived in Austria as employees of the French royal family, the Bourbons, his father was a valet while his mother was a governess.

Luigi Loir began his first formal art education in 1853 at the Beaux-Art Academy. Upon finishing his studies in 1865, Loir had his debut in the Salon of Paris with " Paysage a Villiers-sur Seine" for which he received the highest acclaim. Loir then enrolled into studies under Jean Amable Amedee Pastelot to become a mural painter. He became a very popular ceiling and mural painter. One of Loir's first commissions was to paint the murals and ceilings at the Chateaux du Diable in 1866.

Many of Loir’s works, which include oils, watercolors, and lithographs, were acquired by the city of Paris and by French museums. During the Salon des Sciences at the Hotel de Ville, Luigi Loir exhibited “Les Preparatifs de la fete foraine.” The painting overwhelmed the museums. Loir had finally received the recognition he was due. Their response would also influence the Municipal Council of Paris to purchase to “Le Marche a la Ferraille”, the city of Paris would acquire “La Rue de la Pitie, vue du Val de Grace” and The Empress of Russia to purchase “The Celebration of the Throne”.

In 1870, he was commissioned into the military to record the battles of Bouret. It was because of his work during this campaign of 1870, that Loir was elected to be the official painter of the Boulevards of Paris. This boosted his career and reputation.

Along with such great artists as Monet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir, Manet, Beraud, Cortes and Galien-Laloue, Luigi Loir specialized in depicting the bustling Paris street scenes. In his works, Luigi Loir caught and expressed the many aspects of Paris life at all hours of the day.

Influences: Jean Amable Amedee Pastelot
Traveled: Italy

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