Valette's Central Station, Manchester (left) clearly echoes Monet's famous Gare Saint-Lazare paintings, but his city paintings, like Albert Square, Manchester, and two splendid canvases of horse-drawn cabs at All Saints, helped to establish his reputation as a painter of the first order.
When Valette returned to his home country in 1928, the Gallery acquired nine of his atmospheric paintings of the city. These included his most ambitious work, Albert Square 1910 (see above), which shows the busy city square with its Victorian Town Hall and Albert Memorial bathed in fog.
Valette’s work is now on permanent display in Manchester, alongside his erstwhile pupil, L.S. Lowry.