Edouard Cortes - Country Life: Scenes in Normandy & Brittany
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A SummerEdouard Léon CortèsA Summer's Morning, Normandy Bayeux, Angle de la rue Saint Martin et rue des CuisiniersEdouard Léon CortèsBayeux, Angle de la rue Saint Martin et rue des Cuisiniers Bord de lEdouard Léon CortèsBord de l'Orne
Bouquet of Sweet Peas (Bouquet de pois de senteur)Edouard Léon CortèsBouquet of Sweet Peas (Bouquet de pois de senteur) Breton InteriorEdouard Léon CortèsBreton Interior Cour de ferme, NormandieEdouard Léon CortèsCour de ferme, Normandie
Fishing, NormandyEdouard Léon CortèsFishing, Normandy Horse & Wagon on a Village LaneEdouard Léon CortèsHorse & Wagon on a Village Lane IntérieurEdouard Léon CortèsIntérieur
Interieur Normand, Effet de LumiereEdouard Léon CortèsInterieur Normand, Effet de Lumiere LEdouard Léon CortèsL'Orne a Caen La Bazouge-de-Chéméré (Mayenne)Edouard Léon CortèsLa Bazouge-de-Chéméré (Mayenne)
Le CanalEdouard Léon CortèsLe Canal Le repas du soir, effet de lampeEdouard Léon CortèsLe repas du soir, effet de lampe Les BlanchisseusesEdouard Léon CortèsLes Blanchisseuses
Les FoinsEdouard Léon CortèsLes Foins Paysage de rivièreEdouard Léon CortèsPaysage de rivière Printemps en NormandieEdouard Léon CortèsPrintemps en Normandie
Soir de neige a Cormelles (Calvados)Edouard Léon CortèsSoir de neige a Cormelles (Calvados) The Breton FamilyEdouard Léon CortèsThe Breton Family The Front Entrance, CortesEdouard Léon CortèsThe Front Entrance, Cortes's Home
Place de lEdouard Léon CortèsPlace de l'Hotel de Ville, jour de marche Été au JardinEdouard Léon CortèsÉté au Jardin Concarneaux in BretagneEdouard Léon CortèsConcarneaux in Bretagne
Bretonne Assise Face a la ChemineeEdouard Léon CortèsBretonne Assise Face a la Cheminee The FerrymanEdouard Léon CortèsThe Ferryman By the MillEdouard Léon CortèsBy the Mill
Gathering Twigs in WinterEdouard Léon CortèsGathering Twigs in Winter Soir de NeigeEdouard Léon CortèsSoir de Neige Soir d’HiverEdouard Léon CortèsSoir d’Hiver
At the Village BlacksmithEdouard Léon CortèsAt the Village Blacksmith Soir de NeigeEdouard Léon CortèsSoir de Neige Pommiers en fleur (Printemps à Gouvernes)Edouard Léon CortèsPommiers en fleur (Printemps à Gouvernes)
Le Pecheur au Riviere (Crécy-en-Brie)Edouard Léon CortèsLe Pecheur au Riviere (Crécy-en-Brie) Femme Recurant les CuivresEdouard Léon CortèsFemme Recurant les Cuivres Famille le soir à la veilléeEdouard Léon CortèsFamille le soir à la veillée
Family InteriorEdouard Léon CortèsFamily Interior Pottery Market in GuingampEdouard Léon CortèsPottery Market in Guingamp Family in BrittanyEdouard Léon CortèsFamily in Brittany
Ma MereEdouard Léon CortèsMa Mere A Little River Near ParisEdouard Léon CortèsA Little River Near Paris La FermiereEdouard Léon CortèsLa Fermiere
Landscape with Horse and CarriageEdouard Léon CortèsLandscape with Horse and Carriage Le sud de la FranceEdouard Léon CortèsLe sud de la France Pêcheur à Biercy-sur-Morin (Seine-et-Marne)Edouard Léon CortèsPêcheur à Biercy-sur-Morin (Seine-et-Marne)
La BarqueEdouard Léon CortèsLa Barque Little Village in NormandyEdouard Léon CortèsLittle Village in Normandy Interieur, effet de lampeEdouard Léon CortèsInterieur, effet de lampe
Le TricotEdouard Léon CortèsLe Tricot Intérieur au chatEdouard Léon CortèsIntérieur au chat Copper PotsEdouard Léon CortèsCopper Pots
Paysage anime de personnagesEdouard Léon CortèsPaysage anime de personnages Pecheur a la ligne dans le bras dEdouard Léon CortèsPecheur a la ligne dans le bras d'une riviere Returning HomeEdouard Léon CortèsReturning Home
Soir dEdouard Léon CortèsSoir d'Hiver A Little River in NormandieEdouard Léon CortèsA Little River in Normandie By the River, NormandyEdouard Léon CortèsBy the River, Normandy
Ouistreham, NormandieEdouard Léon CortèsOuistreham, Normandie En la jardinEdouard Léon CortèsEn la jardin A Little River in NormandieEdouard Léon CortèsA Little River in Normandie
Attelage en NormandieEdouard Léon CortèsAttelage en Normandie    

While most people are familiar with Edouard Cortes’ glorious Parisian Street scenes, very few actually know that he also painted many landscapes and interiors in the Normandy and Brittany areas. In 1925 he and his family moved back to Lagny – the small town, just east of Paris, where he was born and grew up. Lagny had a rich, artistic heritage and was an area that many artists visited to gather inspiration including Lebasque, Luce and Pissarro.

It was during his return to Lagny that he became active in the Union des Beaux-Arts de Lagny and was elected its first president. The Union’s first exhibition was held in 1927 and Cortès continued to exhibit there until the late 1930’s. Cortès also set up a second studio in the town of Ouistreham in the Normandy area during this period.

These Realist works, painted from 1925 – 1945, capture the simple and quiet life of the countryside. They are tranquil and often feature a few figures going about their daily life. Like his Paris street scenes, these painting are created with impressionistic brushstrokes and bright colors; even when he paints his evening scenes, Cortès always adds a few of his signature colors – red, yellow and blue – in a window, shop sign or gas lantern.

In 1930 he exhibited Le Marché à Lagny at the Union des Beaux-Arts. The work depicted the busy market in the town of Lagny on a warm sunny day and was so popular that it was purchased by the city – where it is still displayed.

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