Paul Valere captured on canvas the beauty of France, depicting its countryside and people, painting the antiquated villages and towns most familiar to him.
Born October 26, 1923, in the small village of Berck sur Mer, France, Valere sketched since his early childhood. From sketching he advanced to painting with watercolors and eventually chose oil painting as his exclusive medium. He decided to enter a school of fine arts for classical training, but World War II intervened. He resumed his painting after the war ended in 1945.
A skilled, self-taught artist, Valere displayed at the Salon d’Hiver and at the Musee de Beaux Arts in Paris in 1953, and at that time decided to make fine art painting a career.
Romantic and nostalgic, his landscapes give birth to a past era of old-world castles, quaint villages, traditional styles, and picturesque mills set on the banks of meandering rivers. Couples walking arm-in-arm through the lush, verdant countryside, villagers passing on country roads, and chateaux standing proudly on hilltops are just a few of his fanciful compositions.
Valere stepped away from the common themes of French landscape painters. Unlike his contemporaries, he combined the style of impressionism with realism. Thus, he formed a unique balance between illusion of details using colors and the precise technique of defining objects through brushwork. Valere’s skies, trees, winding roads, and people are carried through in his impressionistic technique while his chateaux, cottages and portrayal of water all have elements of realism. His works are unique and can easily be recognized.
Although his compositions were inspired by the French countryside, there is a feeling of a fairytale quality that makes his works so appealing. Studying the countryside to capture the true color and essence of nature, Valere created his works in his atelier. In combination with his vibrant use of color, he applied several layers of oil to achieve a fusion of hues and tones. This technique has the added effect of giving a pronounced texture to the surface of each painting.