Edouard Léon Cortès
1882-1969 | French
Place de la République
Signed “Edouard Cortès” (lower left)
Oil on canvas
French Post-Impressionist artist Edouard Léon Cortès captures the grand boulevards of Paris in this extraordinary oil on canvas. The subject is the Place de la République, a bustling square in the heart of Paris that perfectly showcases the iconic Parisian urban landscape. Pedestrians are dressed warmly on this crisp and overcast winter day, as carriages and automobiles bustle along the lane towards the famed bronze statue of Marianne, the personification of the French Republican. Cortès' mastery of color and light, as well as his lifelong love of Paris, are on full display in this outstanding composition.
A virtuoso of the impressionistic technique, Cortès captured the pulse and magic of Paris with his informal compositions and bright, colorful palette. Though he revisited the same streets time and time again, each work remains unique and mindful of the changes brought by the seasons and time. When asked why so much of his work was devoted to scenes of his city, Cortès replied, “Because I adore Paris, and because wherever one turns there is something to put on canvas.”
Born at Lagny-Sur-Marne, a town just 20 miles outside of Paris, in 1882, Cortès began his artistic studies at the age of 13 under the instruction of his father, who had been a highly successful painter for the Spanish Royal Court. Just four years later, the young Cortès embarked on a five-year-long course of formal art education at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. It was there that he developed his distinctive impressionistic flair, imparting splashes of color and heavy strokes of paint into his Parisian street scenes. His now-legendary cityscapes quickly gained popularity in France, 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 painters of the Belle Époque.
Canvas: 13 1/4" high x 18" wide
Frame: 19 3/4" high x 25" wide
Cortes, Edouard Leon
||25"W x 19 3/4"H
||18"W x 13 1/4"H
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