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 Luigi Loir  (1845 - 1916)

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Lived/Active: France/Austria      Known for: Parisien street scene painting

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1845 (Goritz, Austria)
 
Death
1916 (Paris, France)

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France/Austria




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Parisien street scene painting

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Biography from South Coast Fine Art:
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Luigi Loir was born December 22, 1845 in Goritz, Austria, and he died February 9, 1916 in Paris.  He began his first formal art education in 1853 at the Beaux-Art Academy of Parma.

Upon finishing his studies in 1865, Loir had his debut in the Salon of Paris with his painting, Paysage a Villiers-sur Seine, for which he received the highest acclaim.  Loir then enrolled into studies under Jean Amable Amedee Pastelot (1810-1870) 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, 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 watercolor entitled The Celebration of the Throne.

In 1870, he was commissioned into the military to record the battles of Bouret.  Loir concentrated exclusively on painting views of Paris.  In these works, Loir caught and expressed the many faces of Paris, at all hours of the day.  Though some thought him excessively methodical, he was undeniably endowed with exceptional powers of observation and craftsmanship.  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.  In 1879 in was awarded the Bronze metal from the Exposant Fidele des Artistes Francais. Loir was also elected into the Legion of Honor in 1898.


Source: E. Benezit, Dictionnare des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Paris, 1976, Vol. 6, p. 717


Biography from Schiller & Bodo European Paintings:
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Luigi Loir was born December 22, 1845 in Goritz, Austria, and he died February 9, 1916 in Paris.  He began his first formal art education in 1853 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Parma.  Ten years later he moved to Paris, where he enrolled to study with the mural painter Jean Amable Amedée Pastelot (1810-1870).  Upon finishing his studies in 1865, Loir made his debut at the Paris Salon with Paysage a Villiers-sur Seine, for which he received high acclaim.

Due to his studies with Pastelot, he also 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.

After 1870, Loir concentrated exclusively on painting views of Paris.  In these works, Loir caught and expressed the many faces of Paris at all hours of the day.  These works displayed Loir’s exceptional powers of observation and craftsmanship and it is with these that he ultimately made his reputation.  In 1879 Loir was awarded the third class medal at the Salon.  A second-class medal followed at the Salon of 1889, as well as a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in the same year. 

Loir was inducted into the Legion of Honor in 1898.

Biography from Anderson Galleries, Inc.:
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Luigi Loir was a French painter noted for the precision of his genre and architectural paintings.  He was born to French parents in Goritz, Austria on December 22, 1845. In 1863, Loir entered the l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Parma.  He then continued his studies in Paris at the atelier of painter-cum-decorator Jean Amable Pastelot.

In 1865, Loir made his debut at the Salon de Paris, garnering high praise.   He exhibited faithfully with the Artistes Francais, obtaining a medal in 1879.  In 1889, he received a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle de Paris, and was recognized for his artistic achievements by the Legion d’Honneur in 1898.

Luigi Loir was especially revered as an interpreter of scenic light.

His works can be found in many important collections and museums worldwide in such cities as Vienna, Moscow, Prague, and New York and the Musee du Petit Palais in Paris.

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