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La Madeleine by Edouard Leon Cortes

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A stunning Post-Impressionist cityscape of La Madeleine Church in Paris by Edouard Cortès

Key Features

  • The rain-slicked square in front of Paris' Madeleine Church is the subject of this Cortès painting
  • Edouard Cortès is famed for his Impressionistic Parisian street scenes
  • Cortès' talent was discovered early, exhibiting his first works publically at the age of 16
  • His brilliant canvases earned him the moniker "The Parisian Poet of Painting"
  • Signed "Edouard Cortès" (lower left); Oil on canvas
  • Painted circa 1940
  • Canvas: 13" high x 18" wide; Frame: 19 3/4" high x 24 3/4" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:18"; F:24 3/4" Inches
  • Height:
    C:13"; 19 3/4" Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Cityscapes
  • Artist:
    Cortes, Edouard Leon
Edouard Cortès
1882-1969 · French

La Madeleine

Signed "Edouard Cortès" (lower left)
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

A magnificent Parisian cityscape by the legendary Edouard Cortès, depicting the bustling square in front of the L'église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, or La Madeleine Church, in Paris. The church was designed in the Neo-Classical style and takes the form of a temple dedicated in honor of Napoleon and his army. Vehicles and pedestrians travel the square on a rainy afternoon, with the streets reflective from the recent showers. 

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 peeking 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. 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 Sociétédes Artistes Francaise in Paris where he was met with excellent reviews. In 1901, he began painting scenes of Paris and 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 Époque, and collectors increasingly seek his unmistakable work.

Cortès began exhibiting his works at an early age and participated in several important Parisian exhibitions.

Circa 1940

Canvas: 13" high x 18" wide
Frame: 19 3/4" high x 24 3/4" wide

Artist's Exhibitions:
Sociétédes Artistes Francais, 1899 (at the age of 16)
Salon de la Société 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 Cortès, 1999, David Klein
Davenport's Art Reference, 1994/95 Edition, 1995, R. J. Davenport
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Bénézit
Painting by William Bouguereau

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