Luigi Loir Biography | Oil Paintings
12-22-1845 Goritz, AUS - 2-9-1916 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Luigi Loir parents were of French and working for the French Royal family the Bourbons living in Austria, 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 at the age of eight. Upon finishing his studies in 1865, Loir had his first exhibition at the Paris Salon with Paysage a Villiers-sur Seine for which he received the highest praise. Loir then enrolled into studies under Jean Amable Amedee Pastelot to become a mural painter and one of Loir's first jobs was to paint the Chateaux du Diable's murals and ceilings in 1866.
A significant number of Loir’s works, including oils, watercolors, and lithographs, was 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 with its popularity. Loir had finally received the acknowledgment 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 Pitié vue du Val de Grâce, and The Empress of Russia purchased 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 incredible artists as Sisley, Beraud, Cortes, and Galien-Laloue, Luigi Loir specialized in depicting the bustling Paris street scenes and expressed the many aspects of Paris life at all hours of the day at the turn of the century.
Artists Influencing Luigi Loir: Jean Amable Amedee Pastelot.
He Traveled To Italy.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.