Luigi Loir was born in 1845 in Austria. He began his first formal art education in 1853 at the Beaux-Art Academy of Parma. Upon finishing his studies in 1865, Loir had his debut in the Salon of Paris. He became a very popular ceiling and mural painter. Many of Loir’s works, which include oils, watercolors, and lithographs, were acquired by the city of Paris and by French museums. In 1870, he was commissioned into the military to record the battles of Bouret. Loir concentrated exclusively on painting views of Paris. In these works, Loir caught and expressed the many faces of Paris, at all hours of the day. It was because of his work during this campaign of 1870, that Loir was elected to be the official painter of the Boulevards of Paris. He died in 1916 in Paris.