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French Street Scene by Edouard Cortes, 15x18, Oil on Ca

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French Street Scene by Edouard Cortes, 15x18, Oil on Canvas, Signed Lower Right. Corts was born in Lagny, France on April 26, 1882. During his early lifetime, Paris was the center of the art world. Artist from across the globe traveled there to study and paint its beautiful countryside and cities; views of Paris, or as it became known the City of Lights. Specializing in Paris street scenes, each of these artists captured the city during its heyday and continued with these scenes well into the 20th century. douard was the son of Antonio Corts, the Spanish Court painter, who was himself the son of the artisan Andr Corts. Antonio had three children - douard, Henri and Jeanne - and while all had artistic talent, it was douard who had the passion. Antonio began teaching douard at an early age and enrolled him in a private elementary school where he continued his schooling until the age of 13. From this point on he devoted his life to art, working and studying with both his father and older brother. In 1899, at the age of 16, he exhibited his first work at the Socit des Artistes Franais entitled La Labour. The work was well received by the critics and the public - helping establish douards favorable reputation in Paris.It was at the turn of the century, c.1900, that he began to paint the scenes that he would become most famous for Paris streets and monuments. One of the more prolific artists of his time, Corts found his niche and stayed with it. His views of Paris are among the most telling and beautiful images of this genre; capturing the city during all its seasons for more than 60 years. By the mid 1920s, douard and his family moved back to Lagny (in Normandy) and he began painting scenes of country life - including landscapes, interior scenes and still lives. He was an active member of the Union des Beaux-Arts de Lagny and was the Unions first president. Their inaugural exhibition was held in 1927 and Corts continued to exhibit there until the late 1930s. During this period he received many awards, gained great notoriety and was a frequent exhibitor at the exhibition halls in Paris, including the Salon dAutomne, Salon dHiver, Salon de la Socit Nationale de lHorticulture and Salon des Indpendants. During the years of World War II, Corts and his family spent their time in Cormelles-le-Royal (in Normandy) in an attempt to remove themselves from the harsh realities of war. By the early 1950s he had relocated to Lagny, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Corts beautiful depictions of Paris were always in demand and he continued to paint them until his death in 1969.

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Estimate $20,000 – $30,000
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