Over the course of his remarkably long life, painter Jules Rene Herve would never belong to any specific "school" or group of painters. He would master his craft and create his own style. Though frequently referred to as an Impressionist, he would refine his technique and continue to exist in a category of his own making.
His works are known for their remarkable balance of light and color, most are scenes painted "en plein air", or outdoors, and most frequently depicting people at everyday tasks. These are the reasons he is so often called an Impressionist, but he never showed with the other painters from that school, who had all ready reached their zenith by the time Herve was attaining his first public notice.
Herve was primarily a genre painter whose subject matter would encompass both rural and urban settings. He was particularly gifted at the application and creation of flickering color.
He had known he wanted to be an artist from very early in his life, and took evening classes in his hometown of Langres. Later he enrolled in the School of Decorative Arts, and exhibited his first Salon painting in 1910. Only four years later he received a silver medal from the French Artists Association, and for the rest of his life was a regular exhibitor in the Paris Salons.
Interestingly, from 1911 to 1943 he would serve as an art instructor as well as pursuing his career as a serious painter. During the years of World War II, however all of his artwork was put aside in order for him to serve in the Army for the duration.
His paintings are in the collections of many major museums including the Chicago Art Institute and the Dahesh Museum in New York City.