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Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969) - Paris: Part II
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Edouard Leon CortesArc de Triomphe Edouard Leon CortesArc de Triomphe, Neige Edouard Leon CortesChamps Elysees, Lido
Edouard Leon CortesMarche aux fleurs de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Concorde Edouard Leon CortesPlace Pigalle
Edouard Leon CortesQuai des Gesvres, Theatre du Chatelet Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesTheatre du Gymnase, Boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle
Edouard Leon CortesTheatre du Vaudeville Edouard Leon CortesRue de la Paix, Place Vendome in the Rain Edouard Leon CortesPlace Vendôme
Edouard Leon CortesArc de Triomphe, Avenue Friedland Edouard Leon CortesL’Arc de Triomphe, Place de l'Etoile Edouard Leon CortesL'Arc de Triomphe
Edouard Leon CortesL'Arc de Triomphe Edouard Leon CortesL'Arc de Triomphe, Hiver Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine, Winter
Edouard Leon CortesCafe de la Paix Edouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine, Winter
Edouard Leon CortesThéâtre du Vaudeville Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis, Paris Edouard Leon CortesFlower Market at the Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesThéâtre du Châtelet Edouard Leon CortesLes Grands Boulevards, Théâtre des Variétés Edouard Leon CortesBouquinistes de Notre-Dame
Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesThéâtre du Vaudeville Edouard Leon CortesPlace du Theatre de la Comedie Française
Edouard Leon CortesPont-Neuf Edouard Leon CortesChatelet Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique
Edouard Leon CortesLa Madeleine, Winter Edouard Leon CortesGare de l'Est Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique
Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Concorde - Evening Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Concorde Edouard Leon CortesOmnibus on the Place de la Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesQuai de la Seine Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Concorde Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesBouquinistes de Notre-Dame Edouard Leon CortesPlace de Clichy Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de l’Opéra in Winter Edouard Leon CortesPlace Pigalle in Winter Edouard Leon CortesThéâtre du Vaudeville
Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis Edouard Leon CortesLes Grands Boulevards Edouard Leon CortesLe Place de l'Opera
Edouard Leon CortesChamps Élysées, Clemenceau Edouard Leon CortesRue de Rivoli Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis
Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesPlace St. Michel, Notre Dame Edouard Leon CortesPlace Pigalle, Hiver
Edouard Leon CortesCafé de la Paix Edouard Leon CortesThéâtre du Châtelet Edouard Leon CortesPlace Pigalle, Winter Evening
Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis in Winter Edouard Leon CortesPont-Neuf Edouard Leon CortesThéâtre du Vaudeville
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Concorde Edouard Leon CortesFlower Market, Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique
Edouard Leon CortesQuai de Montebello Edouard Leon CortesRue de la Paix, Place Vendôme Edouard Leon CortesPlace Pigalle, Winter
Edouard Leon CortesBook Sellers Along the Seine Edouard Leon CortesQuai des Tournelles Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de Clichy in Winter Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Winter Edouard Leon CortesFlower Seller at the Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesCafe de la Paix Edouard Leon CortesPont-Neuf Edouard Leon CortesRue de Rivoli, 1905
Edouard Leon CortesRue de Rivoli Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille Edouard Leon CortesGare de l'Est, 1900
Edouard Leon CortesPlace du Tertre, Sacre Coeur Edouard Leon CortesTheatre du Vaudeville Edouard Leon CortesLe Boulevard et la Porte St. Denis
Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesCafe de la Paix
Edouard Leon CortesGare de l'Est Edouard Leon CortesMadeleine and Rue Royale, Paris Edouard Leon CortesPlace St. Michel, Notre Dame
Edouard Leon CortesChamps-Elysees Edouard Leon CortesConcorde and Rue Royale, 1900 Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Martin
Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Martin, Winter Edouard Leon CortesQuai de Montebello, in Winter Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesPlace du Tertre Edouard Leon CortesLes Bouquinistes de Notre-Dame Edouard Leon CortesCafe de la Paix, Opera - Winter
Edouard Leon CortesChatelet in Winter Edouard Leon CortesLes Trios Quartiers Edouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre in Winter
Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Concorde in Winter Edouard Leon CortesQuai de Montebello, Notre Dame Edouard Leon CortesPlace de l'Opera, Paris
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille Edouard Leon CortesMetro George V, Champs Elysees Edouard Leon CortesAvenue de l'Opera
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique Edouard Leon CortesTheatre du Vaudeville Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine et rue Cambon
Edouard Leon CortesArc de Triomphe Edouard Leon CortesThe Pantheon Edouard Leon CortesPont Neuf
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine, Winter Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Martin, Springtime
Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis Edouard Leon CortesFlower Market, Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesChamps Elysees, Lido
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Concorde Edouard Leon CortesPlace de Clichy Edouard Leon CortesNotre Dame
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesPlace Pigalle, Winter Edouard Leon CortesThe Pantheon
Edouard Leon CortesThe Pantheon Edouard Leon CortesPlace St. Michel, Notre Dame Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Place de la Concorde
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Concorde Edouard Leon CortesChamps Elysees, Arc de Triomphe  
 
Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969) - Paris: Part II

EDOUARD-LEON CORTÈS
(1882-1969)

Paris: Part II

Cortès was born in Lagny, France on April 26, 1882. During his early lifetime, Paris was the center of the art world. Artist from across the globe traveled there to study and paint it’s beautiful countryside and cities; views of Paris, or as it became known ‘the City of Lights’, were in great demand by both collectors and tourists. Edouard Cortès, along with other artists like: Eugene Galien-Laloue (1854-1941), Luigi Loir (1845-1916) and Jean Beraud (1849-1936) answered their call. Specializing in Paris street scenes, each of these artists captured the city during its heyday and continued with these scenes well into the 20th century.

Edouard was the son of Antonio Cortès – the Spanish Court painter – who was himself the son of the artisan André Cortès. Antonio was born in Seville in 1827 and established himself as a painter of rural genre. In 1855 he traveled to Paris for the Exposition Universelle and was drawn to the town of Lagny-sur-Marne – where he settled. He continued to paint scenes reminiscent of Troyon, Jacque and Van Marcke. Antonio had three children - Édouard, Henri and Jeanne - and while all had artistic talent, it was Édouard who had the passion.

Antonio began teaching Edouard at an early age and enrolled him in a private elementary school where he continued his schooling until the age of 13. From this point on he devoted his life to art – working and studying with both his father and older brother. In 1899, at the age of 16, he exhibited his first work at the Société des Artistes Français entitled La Labour. The work was well received by the critics and the public - helping establish Édouard’s favorable reputation in Paris.

It was at the turn of the century, c.1900, that he began to paint the scenes that he would become most famous for – Paris’ streets and monuments. One of the more prolific artists of his time, Cortès found his niche and stayed with it. His views of Paris are among the most telling and beautiful images of this genre; capturing the city during all it’s seasons for more than 60 years.

Edouard married Fernande Joyeuse in 1914 and had a child – Jacqueline Simone in 1916. Fernande died in 1918 and shortly thereafter Édouard decided to marry his sister-in-law Lucienne Joyeuse. They settled in Paris and Edouard continued to paint views of Paris. By the mid 1920’s, Edouard and his family moved back to Lagny (in Normandy) and he began painting scenes of country life - including landscapes, interior scenes and still lives. He was an active member of the Union des Beaux-Arts de Lagny and was the Unions first president. Their inaugural exhibition was held in 1927 and Cortès continued to exhibit there until the late 1930’s.

During this period he received many awards, gained great notoriety and was a frequent exhibitor at the exhibition halls in Paris, including the Salon d’Automne, Salon d’Hiver, Salon de la Société Nationale de l’Horticulture and Salon des Indépendants.

During the years of World War II, Cortès and his family spent their time in Cormelles-le-Royal (in Normandy) in an attempt to remove themselves from the harsh realities of war. By the early 1950’s he had relocated to Lagny, where he would remain for the rest of his life.

His beautiful depictions of Paris were always in demand and he continued to paint them until his death in 1969.

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