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.