Valette is one of those once-forgotten artists who have been hidden from history, at best appearing just occasionally as a footnote to some obscure art history paper. However, an exhibition of Valette's work on show at the Lowry Gallery in Salford in 2013 helped enormously to raise his profile.
Valette was French, an impressionist painter, yet he lived in Manchester! Why?
And, even more intriguingly, he was tutor to our own L S Lowry, painter of England’s industrial north. Valette’s influence on Lowry is plain to see and Lowry gladly acknowledged it.
So Valette was a hidden gem of a painter, unappreciated until recently. This means that there are few images in the public domain, and little written about him - so please follow the links to his works given here so that you can experience his unique talent.
Hi Abby - I so agree - his work is beautiful. thanks for commenting! :)
Oh thank you lovely lady !! You are so generous!
Oh my! This is a dilemma. Should I pin this to my ARTISTS I Fancy Pinterest board or my BIO-Snapshots board? Meanwhile, I shared this and another one of your articles by backlinking to my Wizzle about impressionism. Viewing Valette's work, I can see why his students loved him.
He was a very talented artist. Hopefully one day he'll get the recognition he deserves.
Thank you ologsinquito!
I really like the examples of his work that you've chosen.