Ludovic Alleaume was born on March 24, 1859 in Angers, France to Auguste Symphorien Alleaume and Rose Hodée. Ludovic Alleaume is mainly a portrait painter. His art shows a keen interest in Orientalist pictures - thanks to a two-month journey through Palestine - as well as Biblical themes, allegorical and literary subjects, landscapes, nudes and genre subjects.
The artist also gained recognition from his designs motifs for stained glass decorations, as he collaborated with his brother, the glass painter Auguste Alleaume, and produced numerous windows for churches in Saint-Cloud and St-Germain-en-Laye, among others. Alleaume's skills as a draughtsman were highly regarded as well as his rigor and academic style.
After studying at l'École régionale des beaux-arts d'Angers with Eugène Brunclair, he became an apprentice with painters and decorators in Angers. He then joined l'École des beaux-arts in Paris, where he studied with Ernest Hébert and Luc-Olivier Merson.
Alleaume exhibited consistently at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1883 until 1938, as well as the Salon des Humoristes, Salon d'Hiver and the Société des Peintres-lithographies. He won many prizes including the Prix Bonnat, and was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1927.
In 1890 Alleaume traveled to Palestine, where he completed many drawings that comprise a suite of work. Alleaume collaborated with the Revue de Bretagne et d'Anjou. He also created illustrations for Monde Illustré.
Musée de Beaux-Arts, Angers
Musée de Beaux-Arts, Nantes
Musée de Beaux-Arts, Rennes
Musée du Vieux-Château, Laval