Lot 62 Edouard Leon Cortes (1882-1969)

Oil on canvas; signed lower left, the stretcher with black gallery stamp: “Tableaux Modernes Leon Gerard Expert 18 Rue Drouot 18, Paris” and inventory number “4754” in blue pencil to the stretcher

15.0" / 38.1cm (height) x 21.5" / 54.6cm (width)

Est. $20000/30000
Realised: $33600
Auction Date: 12/07/2017

Provenance: Galerie Leon Gerard, Paris, France with black stamp: “Tableaux Modernes Leon Gerard Expert, Paris”, to the stretcher in 1934;
Inventory number 4754 inscribed in blue pencil to the stretcher;
Private Collection of Alfred & Mathilde Paradis, Montreal purchased by them more than 60 years ago;
By descent to their daughter, Louise Paradis, Montreal her name inscribed to a label to the frame;
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal

Note: This painting will be included in Nicole Verdier’s forthcoming Volume III of “Edouard CORTES, Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre peint.”

Edouard Cortes began to paint his popular scenes of Paris around the turn of the 20th century when he was in his late teens. During this time, Paris was the centre of the art world. Scenes of the city were in high demand by both collectors and tourists. Cortes’ views of Paris are among the most telling and beautiful images of this genre, capturing the city during its heyday and in all seasons for more than 60 years. His beautiful atmospheric depictions have always been in demand and he continued to paint them until his death in 1969. Cortes’ canvases that have never been on the market attract the most seasoned collectors around the world.

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