Edouard Cortes, of French and Spanish ancestry, was born in France in
1882. As an adolescent, he became fascinated with the arts and at
seventeen began his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 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
Later, as an active member of the prestigious Societe'
des Artistes Francais, Cortes exhibited
his works yearly in Paris at the Society's salon as well as at the Salon
des Independants, and
the Salon de l 'Hiver.
With the tremendous success
that his Paris street scenes brought him during his lifetime, Cortes
continues to delight art-lovers today and is considered to be one of the
great masters of French impressionism.
Edouard Cortes' paintings express the romance, energy and charm of old
Paris through his masterful 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 --
play of lights on wet pavement, shadows on streets and glowing windows
and street lamps. On any one of Cortes' canvases, one can find an array
of tones ranging from soft gray hues and ambers to vivid reds, yellows
and oranges. A splash of purple may be a man's tailored dinner jacket or
a stroke of blue, a woman's cloak. The viewer cannot help but marvel at
the overall effect of the artist's composition.
a life long dedication to seizing the magic of Paris during its
transition from the romantic belle epoque to the modern,
twentieth century capital as we know it, Cortes has left the world a
legacy of master paintings. Now found in most prestigious collections
throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia,
South America and Japan, his work continues to awe the world. Edouard
Cortes died in 1969.