Boulevard de la Madeleine au crepescule
by Edouard Cortes


Country of origin: France

Medium: Oil on panel

Signed: Signed lower left

Dated: c. 1930

Condition: Very good original condition

Size: 6.00" x 9.00" (15.2cm x 22.9cm)

Framed size: 7.00" x 10.00" (17.8cm x 25.4cm)

Provenance: This work has been authenticated by Mme. Nicole Verdier and is accompanied by her certificate of authenticity .
This work is included in Tome III of the Catalogue Raisonne of Edouard Cortes

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Edouard Leon Cortes, 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.

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.


André Cortès

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 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 Leon Cortes 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 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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Lagny-sur-Marne (Mus. Gatien-Bonnet)

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