Jules Rene Herve
'French Artist (1850-1925)
'At the Opera House, Paris'
Oil on board, 8.5 x 11 inches
Musee de Luxeuil, Musee de Dijon, Musee de Tours, Musee de Tourcoing, Musee d’Annecy, France. Art Institute of Chicago
Jules R. Herve: Un Maitre Enchanteur de la Peinture, Bernard Masson.
Herve initially studied painting in his home town of Langres, but quickly transferred to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He became a favorite at the Salon des Artistes Francais, successfully exhibiting his compositions from 1910 until 1940, and obtaining the prestigious Silver Medal in 1914 and Gold Medal in 1925.
His light brushwork consists of short dabs of color inspired by the Impressionists, which infuse the atmospheric composition with lyricism. A soft glow emanates from the sconces and the vibrant turquoise lampshade, while shadows at play create a mysterious yet enchanting environment for the dancers. The chromatic quality of Herve’s work derives from his brightly hued palette and breezy spontaneity, and his oeuvre is not only heartfelt but deeply engaging and full of charm.