Edouard Cortes Paintings to Highlight Cordier Auctions Spring Sale

Two paintings by Edouard Cortes will headline Cordier Antiques & Auctions’ Spring Auction on May 21 – 22 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Entitled “The Sunny Bank” and “Byway In Normandy”, the paintings are estimated at $20,000 to $30,000 each.

Édouard Leon Cortès (1882–1969) was a French 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 beautiful and diverse Paris cityscapes in a variety of weather and night settings.

He was born on August 8, 1882 in Lagny-sur-Marne, about twenty miles east of Paris. His father, Antonio Cortès, had been a painter for the Spanish Royal Court.

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 Cortes was wounded by a bayonet, evacuated to a military hospital, and awarded the Croix de Guerre.

After recovery he was the reassigned to utilize 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.
Cortes was very humble and lived a simple life amid a close circle of friends.

Édouard Cortès died on November 28th, 1969 in Lagny, and has a street named in his honor.

A full online catalogue of the two day auction is available by visiting www.CordierAntiques.com. Questions can be directed to Cordier Antiques & Auctions at auctions@cordierantiques.com or by calling 717-731-8662.