The Paris of Édouard Cortès
Édouard Leon Cortès (1882–1969) was a French post-impressionist artist known as “the Parisian Poet of Painting”. His views of Paris are among the most telling and beautiful images of this genre, capturing the city during all seasons for more than 60 years. Cortès seized the magic of Paris during its transition from the romantic Belle Epoque to the modern, 20th century capital as we know it.
It was at the turn of the century, c.1900, that he began to paint the scenes he would become most famous for – Paris streets and monuments. At that time views of this gorgeous city, “the City of Lights”, were in great demand by both collectors and tourists. Édouard Cortès answered their call and thus he found his niche, becoming one of the most prolific artists of his time.
A legacy of master paintings is now found in most prestigious collections throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South America and Japan.