Edouard-Leon Cortes (French 1882-1969) Sacre Couer o/b

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Edouard-Leon Cortes (French 1882-1969) Sacre Couer o/b

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Le Sacre Couer vu de la rue Laffitte Framed size is 17 x 15 inches oil on board 11 x 9 inches unframed A view of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. This painting came from the Atelier (Studio) of Cortes upon his death in 1969.  It is illustrated in the Catalogue Raisonne on Cortes,  Vol. 2 page 231 in color. A photo certificate from Nicole Verdier, the author of the Catalog Raisonne also accompanies this painting. 6801-008

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Edouard Cortes was born into a family of artists and artisans in Paris, 1882. His grandfather, Andre Cortes, was famous for his work on the stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Seville and his father, Antonio Cortes, was a painter at the royal court of Spain. In this artistically conducive atmosphere, Edouard showed exceptional talent early and decided at a young age that he was destined to be a painter. He once stated, "I was born from and for painting." 

In his youth, Cortes trained at his father's studio and was also given advice and encouragement from his brother (also a painter) and other local artists. Surprisingly, before undergoing his formal education at the National French Art School in Paris, a sixteen-year old Cortes first exhibited his work at the national exhibition of the Societe des Artistes Francais in Paris, 1899. His large painting, Le Labour, was a great success and the French press lauded the young phenomenon of the French art scene. 

Edouard eventually became a member of the French Artists' Society, exhibiting his works every year as his reputation began to grow. In 1901 Cortes began his long tradition of painting different vignettes of Paris. He also painted familial interiors, landscapes, and seascapes but achieved his greatest fame through these masterly and expressive Parisian scenes. In 1915, he was awarded the Silver Medal at the Salon des Artistes Francais and the Gold Medal at the Salon des Independents. He also received numerous awards at the Salon d'Hiver during his artistic career.