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Evening Snow at the Institute of France By Edouard Leon Cortes

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Evening Snow at the Institute of France By Edouard Leon Cortes

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Cortes was a master of capturing the beauty of Paris

Key Features

  • A stunning cityscape featuring l'Institute de France by the famed Edouard Leon Cortes
  • Cortès' evocative scenes have immortalized Paris at its most vibrant
  • His ability to capture the effects of light and atmosphere is undeniable
  • Cortès continues to be lauded as one of the great Impressionist painters of the Belle Epoque
  • This work is to be included in the Catalog Raisonne being prepared by Nicole Verdier
  • Signed "Edouard Cortès" (lower right); Early 20th Century, Oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 26" high x 36" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:26 Inches
  • Height:
    C:36 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Cityscapes
  • Artist:
    Cortes, Edouard Leon
Edouard Leon Cortès
1882-1969 · French

Soir de Neige vers l'Institut de France
  Evening Snow at the Institute of France


Signed "Edouard Cortès" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

"I had the good fortune to inherit some talent, and also to have been taught by my father. If my paintings please those who view them, and if they give a feeling of place and moments, or awaken a curiosity about the history of a monument or a place then I am fully satisfied with my success." -Edouard Leon Cortès

This exceptional oil by the great Edouard Cortès captures a snowy evening in Paris, with the Institut de France peering in the background. Dubbed the "Parisian Poet of Painting," Cortès devoted most of his life to capturing the vibrant energy and beauty of The City of Lights during a glorious time in the city's history. Cortès began painting his famous Parisian street scenes in 1901 and was largely responsible for immortalizing a period in Paris when fashion, art, culture and nightlife flourished with a boundless passion and exuberance. Unlike many artists who painted the very same boulevards, Cortès possessed the uncanny ability to portray the very essence of his beloved city in all of her moods. Dashes of color splashed against a haunting foggy backdrop, sunlight peaking through the shadows of a crisp fall day or dimly lit streets alive with the bustle of Saturday evening revelers, these were the images of Cortès' Paris. Though he painted the same streets time and time again, each work is unique in its narrative and perspective, each mindful of the changes brought by the seasons and progress, yet each enchantingly nostalgic.

Raised in a prolific artistic environment, Cortès was an avid student of both his father, French painter Antonio Cortès and his older brother, Andre. Cortès began exhibiting his works at an early age and participated in several important Parisian exhibitions. The young artist was greatly influenced by his father and other famous artists who flocked to the picturesque town of Langly where Cortès was born. Maximilian Luce, Camille Pissaro and Lucien Pissaro, among other celebrities of the Impressionist period, were personal friends of the family and the young Cortès flourished in this rich artistic environment, though he developed a remarkably independent style. Cortès exhibited his first work in 1899 at the Socíeté des Artistes Française in Paris where he was met with excellent reviews. In 1901, he began painting scenes of Paris and he went on to exhibit in the great venues of Paris and later in America and Canada, earning great admiration from his peers, patrons and critics. Today, Cortès continues to be lauded as one of the great Impressionist painters of the Belle Epoque, and collectors increasingly seek his unmistakable work.

This painitng is to be included in the forthcoming Edouard Cortes Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Peint, Vol. III, being prepared by Nicole Verdier.

Canvas: 26" high x 36" wide

Provenance:
Private Collection, France 

Exhibitions:
Societe des Artistes Français, 1899 (age 16)
Salon de la Societe Nationale
Salon des Independants
Salon d'Automne
Salon d'Hiver
Union des Beaux-Arts
Academie des Beaux Arts

Associations:
Officer of the Academie des Beaux Arts

References:
Edouard Cortes, 1999, David Klein
Davenport's Art Reference, 1994/95 Edition, 1995, R. J. Davenport
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Benezit

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