Edouard Leon Cortes

1882 - 1969

Biography

Edouard Léon Cortès, the son of the painter Antonio Cortès, was sent to the front during World War I to sketch enemy positions. In civilian life, his base was in Lagny in the former studio of Cavallo-Peduzzi, although he travelled extensively in France, notably in Normandy, Brittany, the Champagne region and Savoy, painting as he went.

Edouard Cortès exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français (of which he became a member in 1907), the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Autumn and Winter Salons, and the Salon des Artistes Indépendants. As a lifelong resident of Lagny, he also set up and presided over the Groupe de Lagny. Cortès was the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including nomination in 1929 to the rank of Officier de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts, the award of the Croix d’Honneur as a Chevalier de l’Education Sociale (1931), and elevation to the rank of Chevalier of the Order des Arts et des Lettres.

Little is known about Cortès private life and there may even be some grounds for suspicion that paintings attributed to him could be the work of André and/or Antonio Cortès. When Edouard Cortès’ paintings first went on sale in 1919-1921 (and even much later, on 25 September 1968 in Nice), they included Breton interiors and, above all, landscapes with figures and animals (often in pairs or pendants) that are distinctly at odds with the bulk of his output and, moreover, are decidedly more like the work of André Cortès. It is also a fact that, on the evidence of public auctions between 1903 and 1908 and, above all, after 1924, the vast majority of paintings by Edouard Léon Cortès are cityscapes of Paris (a subject that would appear as inexhaustible as it is commercially viable). What can be said with some degree of certainty, however, is that Edouard Cortès was an accomplished heir of Impressionism, notably in terms of his ability to render the effects of changing light and the passage of the seasons

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A Breton Kitchen Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
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A Breton Kitchen by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

An Evening Conversation Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1925
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An Evening Conversation by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Arc De Triomphe Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
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Arc De Triomphe by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Bastille – Evening Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
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Bastille – Evening by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Chemin Sous Bois Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
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Chemin Sous Bois by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Effets De Lampe Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
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Effets De Lampe by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Evening – A Breton Kitchen Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1910
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Evening – A Breton Kitchen by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Evening in a Breton Kitchen Edouard Leon Cortes

1928
Oil on canvas

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Evening in a Breton Kitchen by Edouard Leon Cortes

Flowers Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
Oil on board

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Flowers by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Flowers Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
Oil on board

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Flowers by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Horse & Cart on Country Road Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1940
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Horse & Cart on Country Road by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

L’Arc De Trimphe – Soir Edouard Leon Cortes

1930
Oil on original canvas

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L’Arc De Trimphe – Soir by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

La Couturier – Effet De Lampe Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1910
Oil on panel

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La Couturier – Effet De Lampe by Edouard Leon Cortes

La Route Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
Oil on panel

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La Route by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Lagny Sur Marne Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
Oil on board

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Lagny Sur Marne by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Lavandieres Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
Oil on panel

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Lavandieres by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Le Moulin de Trotté près de Saint Céneri-le-Gerei Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
Oil on board

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Le Moulin de Trotté près de Saint Céneri-le-Gerei by Edouard Leon Cortes

Le Quai du Louvre Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
Oil & gouache on canvas

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Le Quai du Louvre by Edouard Leon Cortes

Les Grands Boulevards Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1930
Oil on original canvas

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Marche Aux Fleurs – Place de la Madeleine Edouard Leon Cortes

1930
Oil on panel

£10,500.00

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Marche Aux Fleurs – Place de la Madeleine by Edouard Leon Cortes

Paris – La Madeleine La Nuit Edouard Leon Cortes

1920
Oil on board

£16,900.00

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Paris – La Madeleine La Nuit by Edouard Leon Cortes

Paris – Place de La Madeleine Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
Oil on board

£18,500.00

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Paris – Place de La Madeleine by Edouard Leon Cortes

Paris – The Louvre Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
Oil on canvas

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Paris – The Louvre by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Paris by Night Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1910
Oil on canvas

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Paris by Night by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Place De La Madeleine Edouard Leon Cortes

1920
Oil on canvas

£17,500.00

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Place De La Madeleine by Edouard Leon Cortes

Place de la Madeleine – Marche aux fleurs Paris Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1910
Oil on panel

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Place de la Madeleine – Marche aux fleurs Paris by Edouard Leon Cortes - Sold

Place De La Republique – Paris Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1910
Oil on canvas

£15,500.00

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Place De La Republique – Paris by Edouard Leon Cortes

Porte Saint Denis – Evening Paris Edouard Leon Cortes

c. 1920
Oil on canvas

£17,500.00

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Porte Saint Denis – Evening Paris by Edouard Leon Cortes