Évariste de Valernes
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 .
- La Gazette de l'Inguimbertine . No. 60 , 2012, ISSN 2101-4140 (French, online [PDF; accessed April 25, 2020]).
|SURNAME||Valernes, Évariste de|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Valernes, Évariste Bernardi de (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French painter|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 24, 1816|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Avignon|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 5, 1896|
|Place of death||Carpentras|