Porte St. Denis at Nightfall by Edouard Léon Cortès
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Porte St. Denis at Nightfall by Edouard Léon Cortès

Porte St. Denis at Nightfall by Edouard Léon Cortès

  • This stunning view of the Porte St. Denis is by renowned French artist Édouard Leon Cortès
  • The impressive pastel captures the iconic monument under the golden glow of the night sky
  • Cortès possessed an uncanny ability to capture the atmosphere and vibrancy of the City of Lights
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Edouard Léon Cortès
1882-1969 | French

Porte St. Denis at Nightfall

Signed “Edouard Cortès” (lower right)
Pastel on paper

Few people captured the romance and nostalgia of Old Paris as eloquently as the great French painter Edouard Léon Cortès. This pastel of the iconic Porte St. Denis monument embodies his distinctive style. Pedestrians are dressed warmly on this crisp autumn evening, as the monumental archway looms in the hazy distance. From the golden glow of the sky to the lamps of Parisian storefronts, Cortès' mastery of color and light is on full display in this compelling composition.

With a post-impressionist vigor and gem-like palette, Cortès captured the magic of Paris. 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 the 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.

Paper: 25 1/2" high x 35 3/4" wide
Frame: 34 3/8" high x 45" wide
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Artist: Cortes, Edouard Leon
Framed:45.0"W x 34.375"H
Unframed:35.750"W x 25.50"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:France
Subject:Cityscapes
Depth:3.5 Inches
Width:45.0 Inches
Height:34.375 Inches
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