Evening, Pont Neuf, Paris

by Edouard Leon Cortes

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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 18 x 22 inches (45.7 x 55.9 cm)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Edouard Cortes’  (lower right)

Cortes’ paintings express the romance, energy and charm of old Paris through his masterly 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 – the play of lights on wet pavement, shadows on streets and glowing windows and street lamps.

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    Edouard Leon Cortes is known as “Le Poète Parisien de la Peinture” or “the Parisian Poet of Painting” because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in a variety of weather and night settings, as shown in this grey street scene of the Pont Neuf in Paris. The street lamps and buildings in the background have a warm glow to them despite the hinted inclement weather endured by the pedestrians and traffic on the bridge.

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    Édouard Leon Cortès, of French and Spanish ancestry, was born in 1882. As an adolescent, he became fascinated with the arts and at seventeen began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1901 he contributed a dramatic Parisian street scene at dusk to the Salon des Artistes Français, which brought him immediate fame. Later, as an active member of the prestigious Société des Artistes Français, Cortès exhibited his works yearly at the Société Nationale and the Salon des Independants in Paris.

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