Vue de Pont Neuf. c.1960. Oil on canvas. 9x 11. Signed ' Jules R. Hervé' lower left and on the canvas verso. Housed in an elegant 17 1/8 x 19 1/8-inch gold frame. $3,500.
Hervé was born in 1887 in Langres, a town in eastern France. His father was a seminarian. His uncle, Jules Alfred Hervé, was an art teacher. Initially, Jules René Hervé studied drawing and painting at the Collège Diderot in Langres . In 1908 he moved to Paris, where he continued his studies at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs with Fernand Cormon and Jules Adler In 1910 Hervé exhibited for the first time at the Salon des Artistes Français, the Société des Artistes Français. Subsequently he became one of the most important members of this group. . In 1914 he received a first silver medal from the Association des Artistes Français.
Hervé earned a teaching diploma and between the years 1911 to 1943, he instructed several generations of young artists 1911 to 1943 he taught painting. Hervé's participation in the First World War interrupted his painting and teaching careers. In 1924 he received a scholarship from the French government and traveled to Europe. In 1925 he received the médaille d'or des artistes français in 1925 –and the médaille d'or at the at the world exhibition Paris 1937. The Salon des Artistes Français elected him vice president. Ultimately Hervé withdrew from public life, as his impressionist paintings were no longer in keeping with the schools of modern contemporary painting.
J.R. Hervé painted country life and characters at their daily tasks, as well as Parisian cafés and street scenes . He scenes are imbued with an artistic sensitivity achieved by incredible strokes of light and color. Hervé’s Paris is indeed the "City of Lights" presented with affection and charm. Each of his works is imbued with a marvelous harmony of color and light.
Hervé’s paintings are in numerous museums in France; in the Petit Palais in Pads, at Langres, Troues Dijon, Saint-Etienne, Tourcoing, Annecy and abroad, in Chicago Museum and at Casablanca.
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