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Luigi Aloys Francois Loir was born in Austria to French parents who worked as a valet and governess to the royal family. His early years were spent in the castle and later studying painting in Parma.
At the age of 18 he moved to Paris where he worked in the theater and as a caricaturist.
After a stint in Napoleon III's army, he returned to Paris and fell in love with the city all over again. Happily married with two children, Loir devoted himself to painting Parisian scenes and became well known for his evocative portrayals of Belle Epoque Paris.
Loir also gained recognition as a print maker and posterist and was commissioned by the French railroad to illustrate the cover of the official exhibition catalogue for the Exposition Universelle of 1900.
Luigi Loir's work hangs in many museum and private collections.