“THE OPERA” (1940) Jules René Hervé


THE OPERA (1940) 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 The Opera by Jules René Hervé. This beautifully brushed and coloured oil on canvas, depicts three ballet dancers, one of which is seated and conversing with a charming gentleman.

Hervé is known as a painter of the scenes of the Parisian life. This piece is an exceptional example, with the details of the carved walls in contrast to the deep crimson hue of the velvet and gilt bergères.

We are drawn to the elegant ballerinas effortlessly placed in this painting along with the gentleman in formal attire with whimsical and endearing details throughout. Looking at each brushstroke, is like seeing through Herve’s eyes the nightlife of Paris in a mesmerizing impressionist manner.


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


Sold As Is. In excellent condition. Wear commensurate with age. Linen frame has some slight discolouration due to age.

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.

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