Grand Boulevards by Edouard Leon Cortes [French, 1882-1969]
Edouard Cortes was born in Lagny, France on April 26, 1882, a time when Paris was considered the center of the art world. Artists from across the globe traveled there to study with the ‘masters’ and paint France’s beautiful countryside and cities and 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 had three children – Edouard, Henri, and Jeanne – and while all had artistic talent, it was Edouard who had the passion.
Only through a detailed study of his canvases can we understand how this artist, with apparently simple means, could obtain such gripping effects. His bold touch never lingers over a superfluous detail. What best proves his talent is the accuracy of his drawing and the naturalness of the scene he paints, his extraordinary use of sun or rain, with reflections in the puddles in the streets.
It was, therefore, natural for such a talent to be recognized in France and throughout the world as that of a first-class artist with great sensitivity and high artistic qualities. It is not surprising that his works, more valuable each day, were appreciated by many collectors.
Cortes’ beautiful depictions of Paris were always in demand and he continued to paint them until his death in 1969.
What is the original size of Grand Boulevards?
15.5x22cm, oil on canvas
Unknown, private collection
- Item Type: 100% Handmade Oil Painting
- Grand Boulevards by Edouard Leon Cortes [1882-1969]
- Material: Canvas
- No Frame
- 1 x Pc