Joseph Huvey was born on April 28, 1844 in the hamlet of Belmont in the municipality of Chavanoz (Isère), died in Lyon on April 24, 1919.
His father, Benjamin, is a worker in the iron wire factorys of the Forge de Belmont where he uses his knowledge and experience acquired in the needle mills of L'Aigle (Orne), the town where he comes from.
His mother, Jeanne Daviet, takes care of her three children, still young.
The young Joseph is raised and trained in this industrial environment where beside his technical knowledge is revealed a skill and a very sure taste for drawing. At twenty, he was led to run a needle factory and moved to the Pont de la Gare street in Lyon, in a booming area between the water station and the Vaise train station.
Occurs the war of 1870. Joseph is incorporated in the 1st Legion of mobilized of the Rhone. In December 1870 and January 1871, he participated with her in the battles of Chateauneuf-en-Auxois (Côte d'Or), Nuits-Saint-Georges (Côte d'Or), Villersexel (Haute-Saône) and finally Héricourt (Haute-Saône). After this last battle, the Legion of the Rhone follows the Army Bourbaki in his retirement until Switzerland where the soldiers are interned before their release a few months later.
Thus, he saw nothing of the Lyon Commune and the revolutionary demonstrations that agitated the city between September 28, 1870 and May 1, 1871.
Did Joseph Huvey take his place in the factory? Was he working with the Aiguillerie de Vaise Teste Father et Fils? These questions remain unanswered for the moment.
Probably giving in to an old passion, well served by talent and experience, he returned in 1872 to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, seat of the famous School of painting in Lyon.
He learns to take extreme care in materials and their implementation. His paintings will always bear the trace of a meticulous execution. His favorite theme will be the landscape, the rustic, wild and pure nature. It will be particularly seduced by the Savoyard landscapes with their peaks, their gorges, their lakes, their glaciers and the incomparable light which nimbus them.
He resides at 12, rue Bodin. From his marriage with Françoise Accary in 1887, he leaved 113 Boulevard de la Croix-Rousse.
The auction results sites are constantly confusing Joseph Huvey with Louis Huvey. However, the technique and the style are very different.
(source : Francis Moreau)