Eugne Galien-Laloue was born in Paris in 1854. Born Eugne Galiany, he changed his name to Galien-Laloue by way of a tribute to his father Charles Laloue, a set designer, whom he studied under. Galien-Laloue made his debut at the Salon des Artistes Franais in 1887, where his work was instantly acknowledged by his contemporaries, as well as the public.Galien-Laloue is famed for his highly evocative and popular Parisian street scenes, which usually depict an autumnal or winter scene in the French capital. Characterized by bustling crowds mingling before the citys monuments and streets teeming with horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars and the citys first omnibuses, his paintings of the early 1900s accurately capture the Paris of La Belle poque. As such they are valued for both their artistic merit and their historical documentary value.