At age seventeen, Cortès began his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The year 1901 marked the artist's first exhibition at the Salon des Artistes Francais of one of his works, a dramatic Paris street scene at dusk, which brought him immediate fame. Later, as an active member of the prestigious Societe des Artistes Francais, Cortès exhibited his works yearly in Paris at the Society's salon as well as at the Salon des Independants and the Salon de l'Hiver. With the tremendous success that his Paris scenes brought him during his lifetime, Cortès continues to delight art-lovers today and is considered to be one of the greatest masters of French impressionism. His 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.
Omnibus sur le Boulevard Saint Denis is a great and classic Cortes that depicts this favorite spot where he loved to paint many of his compositions, in the dark of night. Cortes loved painting the streets of Paris particularly after dusk but under the cover of dark skies he could present the lights of Paris at their brightest.
Fmaily of M.G. since circa 1910 (well known architect and friend of the artist)
Etienne Sassi, Inc
A photo-certificate of authenticity (no. EC 052700/HT/G-MSA86) from Nicole Verdier, cated 27 May 2000, accompanies this work.
This work is to be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné de L’Oeuvre Peint d’Edouard Cortes in preparation by Nicole Verdier.