An exhibition of the work of Adolphe Valette, the French impressionist, is being held at the Lowry Gallery in Salford and he was amongst the first to bring Impressionism to Manchester.
Valette’s canvases are dynamic and powerful, with fog and pollution shrouding buildings, squares, and waterways, with hardly discernible figures hurrying across them, and with light sparkling through the gloom.
Less well known are his light-filled, beautifully coloured landscapes and domestic scenes painted in France, many on show for the first time.
LS Lowry and Valette arrived in the same year, 1905, at the Manchester School of Art, with Valette’s talent very quickly winning over his teachers and he was himself offered a teaching post.
LS Lowry found himself in Valette’s life classes and became his student for ten years
The exhibition explores the relationship between these two artists, showing selected early works and life drawings by LS Lowry.
Valette’s work is celebrated alongside Lowry’s, with a full range of his art, comprising oil paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints.
Adolphe Valette: A Pioneer of Impressionism in Manchester runs from Saturday 15 October, 2011 until Sunday 29 January, 2012 at the Lowry Gallery, Salford.