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Rue De La Madeleine by Edouard Cortes

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Pedestrians stroll the boulevard de la Madeleine in this painting by Cortès

Key Features

  • A stunning view of the Boulevard de la Madeleine by Edouard Leon Cortès
  • Cortès is renowned for his wondrous views of Paris
  • His exquisite canvases earned him the title "The Parisian Poet of Painting"
  • Painted in the 1930s
  • Signed "Edouard Cortès" (lower left); Oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 29" high x 36 1/2" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:36 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    C:29 Inches
  • Period:
    Post Impressionism
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Cityscapes
  • Artist:
    Cortes, Edouard Leon
Édouard Leon Cortès
1882-1969 · French

Rue de 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." -Édouard Leon Cortès

One of Paris' most grand boulevards, the Boulevard de la Madeleine is the subject of this eloquent composition by the unmistakable Édouard Leon Cortès. 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. 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 Société des Artistes Francaise 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 Époque, and collectors increasingly seek his unmistakable work.

Painted in the 1930s

Canvas: 29" high x 36 1/2" wide


Exhibitions:
Société des 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 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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