His full name was Luigi Aloys-Francois-Joseph Loir, but he signed his art simply "Loir Luigi." Luigi (1845-1916) was born in Austria while his parents served as valet and housekeeper to a French family royal family in exile there. He moved to Paris in 1863 and his career as a landscape painter started. He also illustrated a Jules Verne book, created postcards and posters plus he was involved in theater designs. My favorite source for postcard information, The Metropolitan Postcard Club, says this about Luigi's style: "He made much use of atmospheric effects created by the weather and the novelty of artificial lighting. This is evident in the many postcards he produced of Paris at dusk bath in a warm amber light." The scene of the boats in the Seine is a perfect example. This is actually an art print, postcard size but blank verso, published as part of the Lefevre-Utile cookie company's giveaways. The other two postcards were sponsored by Petrole Hahn. The park scene "Avenue du Bois de Boulogne" card has a crease visible verso but doesn't show up on the front. The other card has a sticker verso of a parrot! Not dated but sometimes after 1904 (divided back) and before the artist's death in 1916. Typical antique postcard size of about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Overall, these cards are in fine antique condition with just the slightest signs of age.
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