Edouard Cortès as a young man
|Born||6 August 1882
|Died||November 26, 1969
|Education||His father Antonio Cortès, École des Beaux-Arts in Paris|
|Known for||Cityscapes, Paris|
Edouard Léon Cortès (1882–1969) was a French post-impressionist artist of French and Spanish ancestry. He is known as "Le Poete Parisien de la Peinture" or "the Parisian Poet of Painting" because of his diverse Paris cityscapes in a variety of weather and night settings.
In 1914 Cortès married Fernande Joyeuse, with whom he had a daughter in 1916.
Although Cortès was a pacifist, when war came close to his native village he was compelled to enlist in a French Infantry Regiment at the age of 32. As a contact agent Cortès was wounded by a bayonet, evacuated to a military hospital, and awarded the Croix de Guerre. After recovery he was the reassigned to use his artistic talent to sketch enemy positions. Later in life his convictions led him to refuse the Légion d'Honneur from the French Government. In 1919 he was demobilized.
His wife had died in 1918 and he soon married his sister-in-law Lucienne Joyeuse.
Cortès lived a simple life amid a close circle of friends. He died on November 28, 1969, in Lagny, and has a street named in his honor. 
At the age of 17, Edouard began his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His first exhibition in 1901 brought him immediate recognition. Cortès stressed his independence. Once, in responding to a journalist who asked if he was a student of Luigi Loir, he replied in pun: "Non, seul élève de moi-même." ("No, a student of myself only.")
His works were first exhibited in North America in 1945 and he subsequently achieved even greater success. In his last year of life he was awarded the prestigious Prix Antoine-Quinson from the Salon de Vincennes. 
Lost and stolen paintings
On November 30, 2000, four paintings by Cortès were recovered in Kalispell, Montana, following an eight-month investigation conducted by the FBI's San Francisco Division. The recovered paintings were stolen in 1988 during a burglary at the Simic Gallery in Carmel, California.
In 2008, a lost Cortès painting of a Paris street scene was discovered amongst donated items at a Goodwill Industries thrift store in Easton, Maryland. After an alert store manager noticed that it was a signed original, the painting was subsequently auctioned for $40,600 (US) at Sotheby's.
- Klein, David (1999). Edouard Cortès, Le Poète Parisien de la Peinture (in French). Hong Kong: Klein Art Gallery. ISBN 0-9672343-0-1.
- FBI Theft Notices & Recoveries. "FBI — Art Theft Program". Archived from the original on May 9, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-20.
- "Easton Team Scores Big!" (II). Goodwill Connection. 2008: 8.
- Virtual Catalogue Raisonne for the Complete Works of Edouard Leon Cortes
- Official website(French)
- Edouard Cortès at DMOZ
- Edouard Cortès (1882–1969): Paris and the French Countryside Revealed, biography and article from the Royal Alberta Museum
- Edouard Cortès at the Art Renewal Center
- Rehs Galleries:
- Edouard Leon Cortes Biography.