Évariste de Valernes

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Évariste de Valernes by Edgar Degas

Évariste Bernardi de Valernes (born June 24, 1816 in Avignon , † March 5, 1896 in Carpentras ) was a French painter .

life and work

Évariste de Valernes comes from an old Provencal family who owned a small mansion in Monieux , at the entrance to the Nesque gorge . In 1839 he traveled to Paris with his young wife Hélène, the daughter of his concierge . There he was a student of Eugène Delacroix for two years . In the years 1860/1865 he met Edgar Degas , who became a loyal friend to him. Degas made a self-portrait with his friend and a portrait of Évariste de Valernes alone.

However, Valernes was unsuccessful and quickly spent his fortune. He exhibited three times in the Paris Salon :

  • Une sœur de charité , 1855, currently in the Musée Calvet in Avignon.
  • La convalescente , 1868, currently in the Musée Comtadin-Duplessis in Carpentras. This work is not recognized by critics, only Émile Zola published a commendatory comment in L'Evénement illustré .
  • Geneviève , 1870, currently in the Sault City Museum . At this salon, his painting Le Restaurant à 32 sols was not accepted by the jury.

Eventually he retired to Carpentras in an almost wretched state. In 1879 he was appointed professor of drawing.


  • André Alauzen, Laurent Noet: Dictionnaire des peintres et sculpteurs de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur . Ed .: Jeanne Laffitte. Marseille 2006, ISBN 978-2-86276-441-2 , pp. 442 .

Web links

Commons : Evariste de Valernes  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. La Gazette de l'Inguimbertine . No. 60 , 2012, ISSN  2101-4140 (French, online [PDF; accessed April 25, 2020]).