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Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969) - Paris: Part I
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Edouard Leon CortesLes Grands Boulevards Edouard Leon CortesNotre Dame, Paris Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique
Edouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre Edouard Leon CortesLe marché aux fleurs, Place de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesLa Tour St. Jacques
Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis in Winter Edouard Leon CortesAux Trois Quartiers Edouard Leon CortesL'Arc de Triomphe
Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesMétro George V, Champs Élysées Edouard Leon CortesPlace de l’Opéra
Edouard Leon CortesSacré Coeur Edouard Leon CortesArc de Triomphe Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard des Capucines
Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis Edouard Leon CortesRue de Lyon, Bastille
Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille
Edouard Leon CortesPont Alexandre III Edouard Leon CortesRue d'Ulm, Pantheon Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique
Edouard Leon CortesBouquinistes de Notre-Dame Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique Edouard Leon CortesPlace de l’Opéra
Edouard Leon CortesLe Café Balthazard, Place de la Republique Edouard Leon CortesLes Bouquinistes Edouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre
Edouard Leon CortesQuai Saint Michel Edouard Leon CortesMarche des fleurs a la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesMarche aux fleurs, Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesLes Grands Boulevards Edouard Leon CortesFountain on Place de la Concorde Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Concorde
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine in Winter Edouard Leon CortesChamps Elysees, Lido Edouard Leon CortesChamps Élysées, Lido
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis in the Winter Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Martin
Edouard Leon CortesTuileries Garden Edouard Leon CortesPlace du Tertre, Montmartre Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard des Capucines
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis, 1905 Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesPlace de l'Opera Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis Edouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre in Winter
Edouard Leon CortesChamps Elysees, Winter Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard des Capucines Edouard Leon CortesFlower Market, Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesPlace St. Michel - Notre Dame Edouard Leon CortesL'Opera and the Cafe de la Paix Edouard Leon CortesPont Alexandre III
Edouard Leon CortesLa Madeleine au Crépuscule vue du Boulevard Edouard Leon CortesPlace Vendôme, Soir, Paris Edouard Leon CortesRue de la Paix, Place Vendôme
Edouard Leon CortesL’Arc de Triomphe, Paris Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesTuileries Garden
Edouard Leon CortesFountain on Place de la Concorde Edouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre, sous la neige Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesLe Quai de la Tournelle, Notre Dame Edouard Leon CortesPlace de l'Etoile, Arc de Triomphe Edouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Edouard Leon CortesFlower Market, Madeleine
Edouard Leon CortesCafé de la Paix, Opera Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis Edouard Leon CortesPlace de la Opera, Cafe de la Paix
Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis, Winter Edouard Leon CortesBoulevard et Porte St. Martin Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Martin
 
Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969) - Paris: Part I
EDOUARD CORTES
(1882-1969)
Paris: Part I

 
Edouard Cortes 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. Édouard 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 - Edouard, Henri and Jeanne - and while all had artistic talent, it was Édouard who had the passion.

Antonio began teaching Édouard 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 Edouard’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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