Adolphe Valette (French, 1876-1942) 'Après-midi'
Lot 349
Adolphe Valette (French, 1876-1942) 'Après-midi'
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 31,496) inc. premium
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Adolphe Valette (French, 1876-1942)
signed 'A. VALETTE' (lower right), also with title verso on a torn label from 'Les Artistes Foreziens' oil on canvas, laid on panel
55 x 76cm (21 5/8 x 29 15/16in).
The painting can be dated to 1930-35.


  • Exhibited, Lyon, Société Lyonnaise des Beaux-Arts, Salon, Palais Municipal, 1935 (no. 437).

    Provenance: with the Tib Lane Gallery Manchester (torn label verso)
    Private collection, Lancashire.

    This painting depicts Maria Lafond. Valette was introduced to Maria Lafond by her parents who lived close to the Valette family home in the hamlet of Blaceret, near Blacé, in the Beaujolais region of France. After Valette's departure from Manchester and permanent return to Blaceret in June 1928 Maria became his housekeeper. Cécilia Lyon describes Maria as 'his model and inspiration as his muse for the last years of his life'. 'Valette particularly valued the domestic help Maria provided for him; they established a relationship based on mutual consideration and respect'. Maria accompanied Valette and his second wife Andrée on his painting trips to some interesting locations and landscapes in many regions of France. Maria was a model in many of Valette's paintings. These mostly depict her in domestic surroundings, and usually show the Valette family home and garden in Blaceret.

    A study for this painting was sold through Capes Dunn, Manchester in 2008. Valette has made several changes between the study and this painting, including changing the colour of her apron from black to warm pink.

    Valette was a founder member of the 'Association des Artistes Foréziens' in 1930 based at St Etienne, and showed his work regularly at its exhibitions. Four paintings by Valette are to be included in the forthcoming exhibition at Tate Britain, London, 'L S Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life' (26 June - 20 October).

    Literature: Cécilia Lyon 'Adolphe Valette', Phillimore Publications, Chichester, 2006, (pages 63-68).
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