Biography of Jules Herve
An impressionist French artist whose subjects ranged from
rural genre to Parisien city scenes and whose reputation was for
shimmering colors, Jules Rene Herve was born in Langres in eastern
France. He first studied art in evening classes in his hometown,
knowing as a child he wanted to be an artist. Then he enrolled in the
School of Decorative Arts in Paris, and in 1910, first exhibited a
painting in the Salon of French Artists. In 1914, he received the
Medaille d'Argent (silver medal) from the French Artists association,
and from that time was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salons.
However, his painting career was interrupted because of serving in the
Army for the duration of World War I.
He had earned a teaching certificate, and from 1911 to 1943, with the
exception of his war service, was an art instructor for many students.
As a painter, he preferred solitude, and was not focused on publicity or
being a part of any 'group' of like-minded painters.
His paintings are in collections in Pads, Langares, Saint-Etienne,
Annecy and Tourcoing France; and in Chicago at the Art Institute, and
the Dahesh Museum in New York City.