THE MAN BEHIND THE MATCHSTICKS

This famous corridor of Salford has witnessed many historic events in the past, and was very well-known to Salford's most famous son, L.S. Lowry. In fact, Lowry sketched and painted the streets and squares surrounding St. Philips Church and Salford Cathedral.


Valette

Introducing

Pierre Adolphe Valette
(1876 - 1942)


BUT AN ARTIST IS NOTHING WITHOUT INSPIRATION...

Alongside the faces, people and events of bygone Salford, Lowry's creative spark was also ignited by his tutor, French Impressionist painter Pierre Adolphe Valette. At the turn of the 20th century, the artist brought a dynamic new aesthetic from Saint Étienne to Salford. His bold approach to canvas and colour applied classic beauty and a master's eye for detail to atmospheric street scenes of Manchester and Salford.

His treatment of form, particularly the human figure, has often been cited as the inspiration for Lowry's trademark 'matchstick' characterisation of the people in his paintings.

Valette took on a teaching position at Manchester School of Art, where today you can find a blue plaque situated on the building in commemoration. He used large canvases to paint industrial scenes of Manchester and Salford at its peak during industrialisation. Currently, a vast collection of his paintings alongside his former pupil's work can be observed at Manchester Art Gallery.

Take a step back in time and browse through some of Valette's work below...







Valette Gallery



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