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Edouard Cortes was born in Lagny, France
on April 26, 1882. During his early
was the center of the art world. Artist
from across the globe traveled there to study and paint its 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. Edouard Cortes, 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 Cortes – the Spanish Court
painter – who was himself the son of the artisan Andre Cortes. 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 Edouard who had the
Antonio began teaching
Edouard 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 Societe des Artistes Francais 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, Cortes 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
Edouard 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 Cortes 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 dAutomne, Salon dhiver, Salon de la Societe Nationale de l’Horticulture
and Salon des Independants.
During the years of World War
II, Cortes 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.