Edouard Cortes - Paris: Part I
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Boulevard du Temple pres Place de la RepubliqueEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard du Temple pres Place de la Republique Bouquinistes, Notre DameEdouard Leon CortesBouquinistes, Notre Dame La Porte St. Denis en HiverEdouard Leon CortesLa Porte St. Denis en Hiver
Les Grands BoulevardsEdouard Leon CortesLes Grands Boulevards Marche aux Fleurs de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesMarche aux Fleurs de la Madeleine Marche aux fleurs, MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesMarche aux fleurs, Madeleine
Notre Dame, ParisEdouard Leon CortesNotre Dame, Paris Place de la RepubliqueEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique Place du Tertre, MontmartreEdouard Leon CortesPlace du Tertre, Montmartre
Porte St. Denis, ParisEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis, Paris Place de la RepubliqueEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique Quai du LouvreEdouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre
Le marché aux fleurs, Place de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesLe marché aux fleurs, Place de la Madeleine La Tour St. JacquesEdouard Leon CortesLa Tour St. Jacques Porte St. Denis in WinterEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis in Winter
Aux Trois QuartiersEdouard Leon CortesAux Trois Quartiers LEdouard Leon CortesL'Arc de Triomphe Boulevard de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine
Métro George V, Champs ÉlyséesEdouard Leon CortesMétro George V, Champs Élysées Place de l’OpéraEdouard Leon CortesPlace de l’Opéra Arc de TriompheEdouard Leon CortesArc de Triomphe
Boulevard des CapucinesEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard des Capucines Boulevard de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Porte St. DenisEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis
Rue de Lyon, BastilleEdouard Leon CortesRue de Lyon, Bastille Rue Royale, MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine Place de la BastilleEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille
Place de la BastilleEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille Pont Alexandre IIIEdouard Leon CortesPont Alexandre III Rue Soufflot, PantheonEdouard Leon CortesRue Soufflot, Pantheon
Place de la RepubliqueEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique Bouquinistes de Notre-DameEdouard Leon CortesBouquinistes de Notre-Dame Place de la RepubliqueEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique
Place de l’OpéraEdouard Leon CortesPlace de l’Opéra Le Café Balthazard, Place de la RepubliqueEdouard Leon CortesLe Café Balthazard, Place de la Republique Les BouquinistesEdouard Leon CortesLes Bouquinistes
Quai du LouvreEdouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre Quai Saint MichelEdouard Leon CortesQuai Saint Michel Marche des fleurs a la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesMarche des fleurs a la Madeleine
Marche aux fleurs, MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesMarche aux fleurs, Madeleine Fountain on Place de la ConcordeEdouard Leon CortesFountain on Place de la Concorde Place de la ConcordeEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Concorde
Place de la Madeleine in WinterEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine in Winter Champs Elysees, LidoEdouard Leon CortesChamps Elysees, Lido Champs Élysées, LidoEdouard Leon CortesChamps Élysées, Lido
Place de la BastilleEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Bastille Porte St. Denis in the WinterEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis in the Winter Porte St. MartinEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Martin
Tuileries GardenEdouard Leon CortesTuileries Garden Place du Tertre, MontmartreEdouard Leon CortesPlace du Tertre, Montmartre Boulevard des CapucinesEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard des Capucines
Place de la RepubliqueEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Republique Porte St. Denis, 1905Edouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis, 1905 Boulevard de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine
Place de lEdouard Leon CortesPlace de l'Opera Porte St. DenisEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis Quai du Louvre in WinterEdouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre in Winter
Champs Elysees, WinterEdouard Leon CortesChamps Elysees, Winter Boulevard des CapucinesEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard des Capucines Flower Market, MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesFlower Market, Madeleine
Place St. Michel - Notre DameEdouard Leon CortesPlace St. Michel - Notre Dame LEdouard Leon CortesL'Opera and the Cafe de la Paix Pont Alexandre IIIEdouard Leon CortesPont Alexandre III
La Madeleine au Crépuscule vue du BoulevardEdouard Leon CortesLa Madeleine au Crépuscule vue du Boulevard Place Vendôme, Soir, ParisEdouard Leon CortesPlace Vendôme, Soir, Paris Rue de la Paix, Place VendômeEdouard Leon CortesRue de la Paix, Place Vendôme
L’Arc de Triomphe, ParisEdouard Leon CortesL’Arc de Triomphe, Paris Rue Royale, MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine Place St. Michel, Notre DameEdouard Leon CortesPlace St. Michel, Notre Dame
Jardin du LuxembourgEdouard Leon CortesJardin du Luxembourg Fountain on Place de la ConcordeEdouard Leon CortesFountain on Place de la Concorde Quai du Louvre, sous la neigeEdouard Leon CortesQuai du Louvre, sous la neige
Place de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Madeleine Le Quai de la Tournelle, Notre DameEdouard Leon CortesLe Quai de la Tournelle, Notre Dame Place de lEdouard Leon CortesPlace de l'Etoile, Arc de Triomphe
Rue Royale, MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesRue Royale, Madeleine Boulevard de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine Boulevard de la MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard de la Madeleine
Flower Market, MadeleineEdouard Leon CortesFlower Market, Madeleine Café de la Paix, OperaEdouard Leon CortesCafé de la Paix, Opera Porte St. DenisEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis
Place de la Opera, Cafe de la PaixEdouard Leon CortesPlace de la Opera, Cafe de la Paix Porte St. Denis, WinterEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Denis, Winter Boulevard et Porte St. MartinEdouard Leon CortesBoulevard et Porte St. Martin
Porte St. MartinEdouard Leon CortesPorte St. Martin    


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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