Lowry and Valette

‘Manchester Impressionist’ Adolphe Valette and his influence on British painters of urban life, from LS Lowry to Liam Spencer.

View of Lowry and Valette gallery

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.


Key works usually on display in these galleries include:

Gallery announcements

The Lowry and Valette gallery may occasionally be closed from 1pm on Saturdays for weddings. Galleries 11 and 12 may also be closed from 3.30pm on Saturdays also.

We do advise if you are coming to see a particular work please contact the gallery in advance to ensure it is on display.

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