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Édouard Leon Cortès Art

French, 1882-1969

Édouard Leon Cortès is widely known for his Impressionistic renderings of Parisian promenades and rustic French hamlets. The son and pupil of Spanish painter Antonio Cortès, his influences included Barbizon painters Constant Troyon and Henri Harpignies.

Establishing a name for himself early on in his long career, Cortès first exhibited a painting he called La Labour at the Société des Artistes Français when he was still in his late teens. He found success among art critics as well as the public and earned renown in France. Cortès went on to study at École des Beaux-Arts.

As World War I gained steam, Cortès willingly joined the French military effort even though he was a pacifist. The artist spent time sketching enemy positions on the front lines, and this may have deepened his anti-war resolve. When he was able to return to his easel, Cortès desired solely to paint peaceful scenes of France’s capital city.

Later, during World War II, Cortès and his family spent time in Normandy to escape the horrors of the conflict. When asked about his depictions of horse-drawn carriages in the streets of Paris as well as outdated fashions — dresses and other garments that bore the hallmarks of pre-1930s fashion design, for example — he cited a fantasy he had about being able to “stop time” so that the Second World War wouldn’t have taken place.

A humble man, Cortès refused interviews and preferred anonymity. He remarked that his oil paintings, pastels and watercolors should speak for themselves. Cortès was prolific — he painted the streets of Paris and its well-known landmarks as well as majestic landscapes, interiors, boats and scenes that unfolded at Parisian harbors. Ten years after his death in 1969, the city of Lagny — where Cortès had spent most of his life — named a street in his honor.

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Artist: Édouard Leon Cortès
Le Terminus Madeleine-Bastille À Paris By Edouard Léon Cortès
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in New Orleans, LA
Edouard Léon Cortès 1882-1969 French Le terminus Madeleine-Bastille à Paris Signed “Edouard Cortès” (lower right) Oil on canvas Celebrated as the "Parisian Poet of Painting," Edo...
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20th Century Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Boulevard Magenta, Place De La République By Edouard Léon Cortès
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in New Orleans, LA
Edouard Léon Cortès 1882-1969 | French Boulevard Magenta, Place de la République Signed “Edouard Cortès” (lower right) Oil on canvas Celebrated as the “Parisian Poet of Painting,”...
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20th Century Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil, Canvas

L'avenue Des Champs-élysees au Crepuscule
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Belgravia, London, London
Oil on canvas Canvas size: 13 x 18 inches Framed size: 20 x 25.25 inches Signed lower right
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20th Century Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Paris sous la neige by Edouard Léon Cortes
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in New Orleans, LA
Edouard Léon Cortès 1882-1969 French Paris sous la neige Signed “E. Cortès” (lower right) Oil on canvas A charming night scene of a snowy Pari...
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20th Century Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Marche aux Fleurs - Impressionist Landscape Oil Painting by Edouard Cortes
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Signed impressionist oil on canvas cityscape circa 1960 by French painter Edouard Leon Cortes. The work depicts figures in the flower market at the Place de la Madeleine in Paris, Fr...
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1960s Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Vase de Fleurs - Impressionist Still Life Flowers Oil Painting by Edouard Cortes
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Signed impressionist oil on panel still life circa 1920 by French painter Edouard Cortes. The work depicts a vase of autumnal coloured flowers placed on a wooden ledge in front of a ...
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1920s Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Panel, Oil

Place de la République, 20th Century Oil on Canvas by Edouard Léon Cortès
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Madrid, ES
EDOUARD LÉON CORTÈS French, 1882 - 1969 PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE signed "EDOUARD CORTÈS." (lower right) oil on canvas 25-3/4 x 36-1/4 inches (65 x 91.5 cm.) framed: 33-1/2 x 44-1/4 inc...
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1930s Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil, Canvas

Avenue de l'Opera
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Zürich, CH
ÉDOUARD-LÉON CORTÈS 1882, Lagny-sur-Marne - 1969 “I do nothing but paint. I stand in front of my easel at around eight in the morning; from twelve to two I eat lunch and rest, and ...
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Early 20th Century Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil

Porte Saint-Denis
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Zürich, CH
ÉDOUARD-LÉON CORTÈS 1882, Lagny-sur-Marne - 1969 “I do nothing but paint. I stand in front of my easel at around eight in the morning; from twelve to two I eat lunch and rest, and ...
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Early 20th Century Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil

A Breton Interior - Impressionist Interior Oil Painting by Edouard Cortes
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Signed figures in interior oil on canvas circa 1910 by sought after French impressionist painter Edouard Leon Cortes. This charming and nostalgic work depicts a family enjoying dinne...
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Early 20th Century Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Early Evening - Brittany - Impressionist Interior Oil Painting by Edouard Cortes
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Signed figures in interior oil on canvas circa 1925 by sought after French impressionist painter Edouard Leon Cortes. This charming and nostalgic work depicts a family in a typical B...
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Early 20th Century Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Edouard Léon Cortès, Oil on Wood Panel, "Notre-Dame View from The Quays, 1936"
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Madrid, ES
EDOUARD LÉON CORTÈS French, 1882 - 1969 NOTRE-DAME VIEW FROM THE QUAYS signed "EDOUARD CORTÈS." (lower right); inscribed "6728" au crayon bleu et cachet "...
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1930s Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil, Wood Panel

Autumn Paris night Belle Époque scene by Edouard Cortes
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Brooklyn, NY
La Porte Saint-Denis le soir, Edouard Cortes. Certificate of authenticity issued by Nicole Verdier. Excellent condition. Original canvas and stretcher. Period frame. Celebrated as t...
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Early 20th Century Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil, Canvas

Omnibus sur le Boulevard Saint Denis, Soir de
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Greenwich, CT
Omnibus sur le Boulevard Saint Denis is a great and classic Cortes that depicts this favorite spot where he loved to paint many of his compositions, in the dark of night. Cortes lov...
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1910s French School Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil, Canvas

Flower Garden - French Impressionist Gouache, Landscape by Edouard Cortes
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
A stunning gouache on board landscape circa 1940 by sought after French Impressionist painter Edouard Leon Cortes. The piece is a wonderful depiction of the artist's garden in Lagny ...
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1920s Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Board, Gouache

"Porte St. Martin in Winter" Parisian Street Scene
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Austin, TX
An original oil painting attributed to Master Painter of the Paris Street Scene, Édouard Leon Cortés (French, 1882 - 1969, ). The painting features Cortés quintessential subject, th...
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1950s Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle By Edouard Léon Cortès
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in New Orleans, LA
Edouard Léon Cortès 1882-1969 French Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle Signed “Edouard Cortès” (lower right) Oil on canvas French Post-Impressionist artist Edouard Léon Cortès captures one of the grand boulevards of Paris in this extraordinary oil on canvas. The subject is the Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, an iconic Parisian thoroughfare that bustles with activity and vibrancy. Cortès perfectly evokes the vitality of the urban landscape at dusk, with the busy street and stylish pedestrians awash in the warm glow of lantern light and the setting sun. Renowned for his vibrant canvases that capture the elegance and magic of The City of Lights, Cortès devoted his career to bringing the spectacle de la rue to life on canvas. His paintings express the romance and energy of a bygone Paris, and the fashionable boulevards of La Belle Époque have forever been immortalized in his oeuvre. Dubbed the “Parisian Poet of Painting,” Cortès possessed the uncanny ability to portray the very essence of his beloved city throughout the passing seasons and years. Though he painted the same streets time and time again, each work is unique in its narrative, perspective and atmosphere. Raised in a prolific artistic environment, Cortès was an avid student of both his father, French painter Antonio Cortès and his older brother, Andre. The young artist was greatly influenced by his father and other famous artists who flocked to the picturesque town of Langly where Cortès was born. Maximilian Luce, Camille Pissaro and Lucien Pissaro...
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20th Century Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Avenue de Friedland, L’Arc de Triomphe
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Missouri, MO
Framed Size: 21 x 26 inches *This work has been authenticated by Nicole Verdier Provenance: Johnson Gallery, Chicago IL, circa 1967/1968 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. 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.Édouard was the son of Antonio Cortès - the Spanish Court painter - who was himself the son of the artisan André Cortès...
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Mid-20th Century Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Oil, Canvas

Boulevard de la Madeleine in Winter
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Austin, TX
An original oil painting attributed to Master Painter of the Paris Street Scene, Édouard Leon Cortés (French, 1882 - 1969, ). The painting features Cortès's quintessential subject, the bustling environment of an urban Parisian block at street level, amidst the transformation of the Industrial Revolution. This painting captures a flickering moment in the life of Boulevard de la Madeleine, and its inhabitants. Snow an ice cover the street and roof tops. The street is lined with bare trees, glowing shop windows, and antique motor...
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20th Century Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

Place de la République, 20th Century Oil on Canvas by Edouard Léon Cortès
By Édouard Leon Cortès
Located in Madrid, ES
EDOUARD LÉON CORTÈS French 1882 - 1969 PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE signed "EDOUARD CORTÈS." (lower right) oil on canvas 19-3/4 x 25-1/2 inches (50 x 64.5 cm.) framed: 27-3/4 x 33-3/8 inches (70 x 84.5 cm.) PROVENANCE Private Collector, Madrid An elegant night view of the Parisian Republic Square, with amazing light effects that catch us. This work executed based on brushstrokes of long and safe strokes that make the forms vibrate with vivid color. Parisian nightlife is trapped in this corner of Paris. The monumental sculpture that symbolizes freedom and that presides over the square serves as a reference behind the tram between a light chiaroscuro. Meanwhile, the effervecent and lively life of the cafes that surround it vibrate strongly with its bright lights. Èdouard León Cortés (1882–1969) was a French post-impressionist artist of French and Spanish ancestry. He is known as "Le Poète Parisien de la Peinture" or "the Parisian Poet of Painting" because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in a variety of weather and night settings. Cortes was born on August 6, 1882, in Lagny-sur-Marne, about twenty miles east of Paris. His father, Antonio Cortés, had been a painter for the Spanish Royal...
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1920s Post-Impressionist Édouard Leon Cortès Art

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Canvas, Oil

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