Description

    LUIGI LOIR (French 1845-1916)
    La Place du Delta, Paris
    Oil on canvas
    19-3/4 x 25-3/4 inches (50.2 x 65.4 cm)
    Signed lower right: Loir Luigi

    Provenance:
    The Leicester Galleries, London (label verso);
    Kurt Schon Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana (labels verso);
    Drs. Ray and Alice Drum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    After the re-development of Paris in the 1860s planned by Baron Georges Haussmann, artists began painting scenes of street life as portraits of the new face of Paris. Wider roads and gas lighting introduced light and air to the previously dark, dirty neighborhoods. In Loir's painting, the twilight mottles the sky and reflects off the wet snow on the pavement of the open square. For works such as this, Loir was credited with creating a genre called 'parisianism', the showcasing of the city itself in art. He was also a graphic designer who used the newly invented chromolithographic print as an art form.


    Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Old varnish, 2 1/2 inch vertical repair in lower right quadrant above signature, 3/4 x 1/4 inch repair upper left edge in the building, otherwise good condition.        

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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