Museum Essay

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L’Ecole militaire, Paris by Luigi Loir was created between 1875-1915 sometime at the L Ecole militaire(Military School in Paris). The oil painting is 20 in x 29 and is located at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock AR. Luigi Loir was considered the landscape artist of Paris. Loir painted everyday street scenes in Paris. Loir was born in Austria and his parents where French. His family was part of the Royal family the Bourbons. Around the 1860s his family had to return home to France. Loir remained in Austria and studied at the Academy of Arts. After three years his father was ill so he moved to Paris to be with his father and family. This was Loir’s first time being in Paris when he moved back. Once Loir was in Paris he found Jean Pastelot who became his art teacher. Pastelot was an artist who concentrated the majority of his work on landscape type art work. Loir took after Pastelot by starting to focus his work on figures and landscape. During this time during the 1850’s the streets in Paris were filled with activity everywhere. Loir began studying these streets and its excitement. As he began to paint the city landscapes he focused his attention on the light in the paintings. Whether it was a sunset in the street, snow scene, or just the different times during the day when the light hits the streets. Loir soon became a salon artist. From this moment on he began to paint not only the landscape but the inhabitants on the landscape. During this time he began to enter his paintings into contests where he was rewarded with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. His paintings began to be sold to museums and other well known individuals in Paris. During Loir’s time as his paintings were displayed in museums like New York, Musee d Auxerre, Musee de Nantes, and Musee du Luxembourg in Paris. Loir also became known for his advertisement

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