Edouard Cortes (French, 1882-1969) oil on canvas street scene, depicting an early 20th century view of pedestrians, horse drawn carriages and streetcars along the Quai du Louvre in Paris. Signed lower right. Housed in the original carved gilt wood frame. Sight – 12 3/8″ H x 17 3/8″ W. Framed – 20″ H x 25″ W. Provenance: Deaccessioned by The Knoxville Museum of Art for the acquisition fund. Biography: Édouard Leon Cortès, born into a family of French and Spanish artists, gained immediate fame as a teenager after he submitted a Parisian street scene to the Salon des Artistes Francais. He went on to become a member of the Societe des Artistes Francais and exhibited regularly at the Societe Nationale and the Salon des Independants in Paris. He remains best known for his street scenes, which portrayed life on the streets of the City of Lights during the Belle Epoque, even long after that era had ended. Condition: Painting in excellent condition. Frame with minor abrasions to the perimeter.
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