Edouard Leon Cortes
Edouard Leon Cortes was born in Lagney, France in 1882. At the age of 17, Edouard began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His first exhibition in 1901 brought him immediate recognition. The way he was able capture the magic in his paintings of Paris is what brought him much acclaim. His French landscapes have a universal fascination which his audience can relate to. His paintings dance with beauty, as the speckling of light across each work creates intriguing subjects alluring to a nostalgia. Each of his city scenes glows with arresting beauty. The flower markets, the quaint boutiques, the sidewalk cafes and beautiful landscapes all enter into his brilliant, jewel-like compositions which are known and revered all over the world.
His works were first exhibited in North America in 1945 and he subsequently achieved even greater success. In his last year of life he was awarded the prestigious Prix Antoine-Quinson from the Salon de Vincennes. A member of the Society of French Artists, Edouard Cortes was a painter who made an indelible imprint on the minds and affections of art lovers not only in Europe but also throughout the United States.