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Adolphe Valette

By Cecilia Lyon

9780750984133

ISBN: 9780750984133

Published: 01-09-2017


Adolphe Valette

By Cecilia Lyon

ISBN: 9780750984133

Published: 01-09-2017

About This Book

ADOLPHE VALETTE was an exceptionally multi-talented artist. Born in France in 1876, he ignored the boundaries of national frontiers and arrived in Manchester in 1905. He introduced impressionism to the city and from 1908 produced his famous ‘Manchester-scapes’. These captured, in the subtle hues of Valette’s impressionist palette, the atmospheric mood of streets, squares, waterways and industrial buildings shrouded in fog and pollution. As Master of Painting and Drawing at the Manchester School of Art, Valette tutored L.S. Lowry for more than a decade. Lowry expressed great admiration for his teacher who taught him the classical techniques and also showed him the potential of urban landscapes as a subject. The geographical vagaries of Valette’s life brought him back to his native France in 1928 where he continued to paint until his death in 1942. This fascinating book contains over 125 beautifully produced illustrations that make Valette’s finest work available to all and display his unique talents to splendid effect. Cécilia Lyon gives this acclaimed painter the recognition he deserves as an important player in the panorama of early 20th-century British and French art. Through years of extensive research, following Valette’s footsteps both in the UK and France, exploring where he lived, studied and worked, the author has amassed a wealth of new information, uncovering important documents and even rediscovering, in private collections, paintings that had long been forgotten. The only complete work of reference on the life and work of Adolphe Valette, this charming book is a feast for the eyes and full of hitherto unknown facts about this remarkable man.

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