Cortes, Edouard Leon(French, 1882-1969)
Edouard Cortes, of French and Spanish ancestry, was born in France in 1882. As an adolescent, he became fascinated with the arts and at 17 began his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts I Paris. The year 1901 marked the artist’s first exhibition at the Salon des Artistes Francais of one of his works, a dramatic Paris street scene at dusk, which brought him immediate fame.
Edouard Cotres’ paintings express the romance, energy and charm of old Paris through his masterly application of bold brush strokes and intriguing colors. His works display the profound knowledge he held of perspective and composition; and, the viewer’s eye is most often caught by fascinating details – the play of lights on wet pavement, shadows on streets, glowing windows and street lamps.
After a life long dedication to seizing the magic of Paris during its transition from the romantic (belle époque) to the modern, 20th century capital, Cortes has left the world a legacy of master paintings.

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