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Adolphe Valette | Urban landscapes of Manchester

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Adolphe Valette | Urban landscapes of Manchester

 

 
 
Pierre Adolphe Valette (1876-1942) was a French Impressionist painter. His most acclaimed paintings are urban landscapes of Manchester, now in the collection of Manchester Art Gallery.
 
 
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Today, he is chiefly remembered as L. S. Lowry's tutor.
Born in St Etienne in 1876, he trained at the Ecole Municipale de Beaux-Arts et des Arts Decoratifs in Bordeaux.
 
Valette arrived in England for unknown reasons in 1904 and studied at the Birkbeck Institute, now part of the University of London. In 1905 he travelled to the North West of England where he designed greetings cards and calendars for a Manchester printing company.
 
He attended evening classes at Manchester Municipal School of Art and in 1907 he was invited to join the staff as a teacher. His French teaching style, painting by demonstration, was new to the United Kingdom.
 
 
 
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Adolphe  Valette    Windsor   ridge  on  the  Irwell
 
Adolphe  Valette     Study  of  a   Cab  at  All  Saints
 

 
Adolphe  Valette    Albert  Square C  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette    Hansom  Cab  at  All  Saints
 
Lowry expressed great admiration for Valette, who taught him new techniques and showed him the potential of the urban landscape as a subject.
 
He called him "a real teacher … a dedicated teacher".
 
Lowry added: "I cannot over-estimate the effect on me of the coming into this drab city of Adolphe Valette, full of French impressionists, aware of everything that was going on in Paris".
 
In 1920 Valette resigned from the Institute owing to ill health. He stayed in Lancashire for eight more years, teaching privately and painting in Manchester and Bolton. In 1928 he returned to Paris, and subsequently moved to Blacé en Beaujolais where he died in 1942.
 
Valette's paintings are Impressionist, a style that suited the damp fogginess of Manchester. Manchester Art Gallery has a room devoted to him, where the viewer may compare some of his paintings with some of Lowry's, and judge to what extent Lowry's own style was influenced by him and by French Impressionism generally.
 
The Lowry hosted an exhibition of about 100 works by Valette alongside works by his pupil L. S. Lowry between October 2011 and January 2012. It included paintings of Manchester from Manchester Art Gallery and loans from private owners.
 
Adolphe  Valette    Oxford  Road C  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette     Central  Station
 
Adolphe  Valette  c  Study  for   Albert  Square
 
Adolphe  Valette  c  Study  for    ase  of  Statues C  Albert  Square
 
Adolphe  Valette  c  Study  for  Albert  Square
 
Adolphe  Valette    Old  Cab  at  All  Saints C  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette    Annie   arnett
 
Adolphe  Valette     ailey   ridge C  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette    Castlegate C  Salford
 
Adolphe  Valette    India  House C  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette    Still  Life C  Fruit
 
Adolphe  Valette    Under  Windsor   ridge  on  the  Irwell C  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette  c  Self  Portrait  Study
 
Adolphe  Valette    York  Street  Leading  to  Charles  Street C  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette    Romiley
 
Adolphe  Valette    Still  Life
 
Adolphe  Valette    Flowers  and  Fruit
 
Adolphe  Valette  c  Self  Portrait
 
Adolphe  Valette    May  Aimee  Smith
 
Adolphe  Valette    John  Henry  Reynolds
 
Adolphe  Valette     Le  Puy
 
Adolphe  Valette    Figures  by  a  Fence
 
Adolphe  Valette    Rowley  Smart
 
Adolphe  Valette  E.  H.  Mooney
 
Adolphe  Valette  Home  at   lac C A
 
Adolphe  Valette  India  house C
 
Adolphe  Valette  Louise  Sewing  with  Two  Friends
 
Adolphe  Valette  Manchester  Street  in  Fog
 
Adolphe  Valette  Oxford  road  Manchester C
 
Adolphe  Valette  St.  Peters  Square
 
Adolphe  Valette  Tug  on  a  Canal  in  Manchester
 
Adolphe  Valette  Under  Windsor   ridge C
 
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Some of this stuff seems a bit too simplistic to my tastes, I feel like it lacks some detail which could make the scenery pop out even more. Still, there are few good pieces among it!

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Thanks for sharing this priceless artworks by Adolphe Valette that have already lasted the test of time, even sharing this on the forum gives me the feeling that this artist is still alive with his works being shown to the entire world gives living proof to Adolphe Valette!

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