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Still Life, Fruit

Adolphe Valette
1912

Oil painting titled ‘Still Life, Fruit’, by A Valette, 1912.

Adolphe Valette was a French Impressionist painter who came to live in Manchester in 1905. He taught at Manchester School of Art and one of his most famous students was L.S. Lowry.

Valette famously painted urban architecture and waterways, usually shrouded in industrial smog. His large scale canvasses captured the beauty of hard-working city life. He was also a talented portrait and still-life painter.

Valette led the way for Northern School painters and played a huge part in characterising painting from this region. He is often credited as being one of the first artists to bring impressionism to Manchester.