Lowry and Valette

A remarkable group of impressionistic paintings of Edwardian Manchester.

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 9 February 2011

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Where: Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL – 0161 235 8888   map

When: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm.

Website: www.manchestergalleries.org

What: A remarkable group of impressionistic paintings of Edwardian Manchester forms the centrepiece of this gallery.

Adolphe Valette (1876-1942) was born in the industrial town of St Etienne, France and came to England in 1904. He settled in Manchester and studied at the Manchester School of Art where he later taught from 1906-1920. Amongst his students was LS Lowry.

When Valette returned to his home country in 1928, the Gallery acquired 9 of his atmospheric paintings of the city. These included his most ambitious work, Albert Square 1910 which shows the busy city square with its Victorian Town Hall and Albert Memorial bathed in fog.

This display places Valette’s work in four different contexts, that of the Manchester School of Art, the influence of Impressionism, artists who influenced him and his own influence on later Manchester painters, from Lowry to contemporary artist Liam Spencer.

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