Edouard Cortes - Country Life: Scenes in Normandy & Brittany
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A SummerEdouard Leon CortesA Summer's Morning, Normandy Bayeux, Angle de la rue Saint Martin et rue des CuisiniersEdouard Leon CortesBayeux, Angle de la rue Saint Martin et rue des Cuisiniers Bord de lEdouard Leon CortesBord de l'Orne
Breton InteriorEdouard Leon CortesBreton Interior Cour de ferme, NormandieEdouard Leon CortesCour de ferme, Normandie Fishing, NormandyEdouard Leon CortesFishing, Normandy
Horse & Wagon on a Village LaneEdouard Leon CortesHorse & Wagon on a Village Lane Interieur Normand, Effet de LumiereEdouard Leon CortesInterieur Normand, Effet de Lumiere LEdouard Leon CortesL'Orne a Caen
La Bazouge-de-Chéméré (Mayenne)Edouard Leon CortesLa Bazouge-de-Chéméré (Mayenne) Le CanalEdouard Leon CortesLe Canal Le repas du soir, effet de lampeEdouard Leon CortesLe repas du soir, effet de lampe
Les BlanchisseusesEdouard Leon CortesLes Blanchisseuses Les FoinsEdouard Leon CortesLes Foins Paysage de rivièreEdouard Leon CortesPaysage de rivière
Printemps en NormandieEdouard Leon CortesPrintemps en Normandie Soir de neige a Cormelles (Calvados)Edouard Leon CortesSoir de neige a Cormelles (Calvados) The Breton FamilyEdouard Leon CortesThe Breton Family
Place de lEdouard Leon CortesPlace de l'Hotel de Ville, jour de marche Été au JardinEdouard Leon CortesÉté au Jardin Concarneaux in BretagneEdouard Leon CortesConcarneaux in Bretagne
Bretonne Assise Face a la ChemineeEdouard Leon CortesBretonne Assise Face a la Cheminee The FerrymanEdouard Leon CortesThe Ferryman By the MillEdouard Leon CortesBy the Mill
Gathering Twigs in WinterEdouard Leon CortesGathering Twigs in Winter Soir de NeigeEdouard Leon CortesSoir de Neige Soir d’HiverEdouard Leon CortesSoir d’Hiver
At the Village BlacksmithEdouard Leon CortesAt the Village Blacksmith Soir de NeigeEdouard Leon CortesSoir de Neige Pommiers en fleur (Printemps à Gouvernes)Edouard Leon CortesPommiers en fleur (Printemps à Gouvernes)
Le Pecheur au Riviere (Crécy-en-Brie)Edouard Leon CortesLe Pecheur au Riviere (Crécy-en-Brie) Femme Recurant les CuivresEdouard Leon CortesFemme Recurant les Cuivres Famille le soir à la veilléeEdouard Leon CortesFamille le soir à la veillée
Family InteriorEdouard Leon CortesFamily Interior Pottery Market in GuingampEdouard Leon CortesPottery Market in Guingamp Family in BrittanyEdouard Leon CortesFamily in Brittany
Ma MereEdouard Leon CortesMa Mere A Little River Near ParisEdouard Leon CortesA Little River Near Paris La FermiereEdouard Leon CortesLa Fermiere
Landscape with Horse and CarriageEdouard Leon CortesLandscape with Horse and Carriage Le sud de la FranceEdouard Leon CortesLe sud de la France Pêcheur à Biercy-sur-Morin (Seine-et-Marne)Edouard Leon CortesPêcheur à Biercy-sur-Morin (Seine-et-Marne)
La BarqueEdouard Leon CortesLa Barque Little Village in NormandyEdouard Leon CortesLittle Village in Normandy Interieur, effet de lampeEdouard Leon CortesInterieur, effet de lampe
Le TricotEdouard Leon CortesLe Tricot Intérieur au chatEdouard Leon CortesIntérieur au chat Copper PotsEdouard Leon CortesCopper Pots
Paysage anime de personnagesEdouard Leon CortesPaysage anime de personnages Pecheur a la ligne dans le bras dEdouard Leon CortesPecheur a la ligne dans le bras d'une riviere Returning HomeEdouard Leon CortesReturning Home
Soir dEdouard Leon CortesSoir d'Hiver A Little River in NormandieEdouard Leon CortesA Little River in Normandie By the River, NormandyEdouard Leon CortesBy the River, Normandy
Ouistreham, NormandieEdouard Leon CortesOuistreham, Normandie En la jardinEdouard Leon CortesEn la jardin A Little River in NormandieEdouard Leon CortesA Little River in Normandie
Attelage en NormandieEdouard Leon CortesAttelage 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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