“AT THE BALLET” (1950) Jules René Hervé


AT THE BALLET (1950) Jules René Hervé 1887 – 1981

Oil on Board
22.9cm x 27.9cm
Signed lower right and verso

An exceptional impressionistic depiction in the ballerina series with At The Ballet by Jules René Hervé. With its original giltwood frame, this striking oil on canvas immediately draws you in to the opulence and charm of the Palais Garnier.

The scene depicts ballet dancers casually in conversation with each other, and in the middle background socialising with patrons. Our main ballet dancer in the right foreground can be seen with the attention of two gentlemen. Light from the chandelier highlighting the gilt and wealth of the interior of the Palais Garnier.

Hervé is known as a painter of the scenes of the Parisian life. This piece is an exceptional example, with the details of the painted carved walls in contrast to the deep crimson hues of the Aubusson carpet and decorative gilt urns.

Hervé at his finest.


H 22.9cm x W 27.9cm
Framed: H cm x W cm


Sold As Is. In excellent condition. Wear commensurate with age. Retains its original giltwood frame.

Historical Notes


Jules René Hervé (French, 1887–1981) was an Academic painter, born in Langres. Known for his paintings of cityscapes and landscapes, Hervé painted in an impressionistic style that captured the shimmering texture of the city and the softer light of the countryside. Hervé was trained at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’arts decoratifs of Paris and studied with Fernand Cormon (French 1845–1924) and Jules Adler (French, 1865-1952). As early as 1910, his work was shown in Paris Salons where his paintings were described as “jewels” of French scenery. Hervé was awarded multiple honors during his lifetime, including a golden medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1937. His work is included in collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, and the Chicago Art Institute.the Musée de la Ville de Paris

His paintings are now sought by many fans in France and abroad where he met with great success. All are seduced by its light and colours as well as its Parisian scenes full of charm.

His work has been purchased by most of the leading museums in France and although he represented the purest tradition of French art and paints with great impressionism, he was completely unaffected by the current fashion of art. He has always sought to master the technical secrets of art and painted with a marvellous harmony of colour and light.


Jules René Hervé’s work is held in the following permanent collections:

Chicago Art Institute,

Musée d’art et d’histoire de Langres,

Musée du Petit Palais in Paris, Casablanca Morocco,

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing,

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Étienne,

Musée des Beaux-arts d’Annecy

Dahesh Museum – New York City.

Jules Rene Herve Paintings


Provenance: Leighton Fine Art Gallery, Marlow UK, Private Collection, Melbourne