Rare Oil on Canvas: Sacré-Coeur
Rare Oil on Canvas: Sacré-Coeur
Rare Oil on Canvas: Sacré-Coeur
Rare Oil on Canvas: Sacré-Coeur
Rare Oil on Canvas: Sacré-Coeur


Rare Oil on Canvas: Sacré-Coeur

c. 1935 France

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French artist Edouard Léon Cortès captures a sun-bathed Sacré-Coeur in this exceptionally rare oil on canvas. The subject is a rarity for the celebrated painter, whose works more typically portrayed the Parisian urban landscape at dusk. Rather than the artificial glow of torches and lamps, Cortès chose to portray the brilliant white walls of this iconic monument in natural sunlight. A virtuoso of the impressionistic technique, Cortès' mastery of color and light is fully evident in this outstanding composition.

Raised in a prolific artistic environment, Cortès was an avid student of both his father, French painter Antonio Cortès, and his older brother, Andre. He also benefited from the influence of Maximilian Luce, Camille Pissarro, and Lucien Pissarro, among other Impressionist artists, who were close friends of the family and flocked to Lagny-sur-Marne for its picturesque landscapes. At seventeen, he continued his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and soon after earned fame when he contributed a dramatic Parisian street scene at dusk to the Socíeté des Artistes Française.

From that point onwards, Cortès dedicated his extensive oeuvre to capturing the magic of Paris on canvas. Though he painted the same streets time and time again, each work is unique in its narrative and perspective, each mindful of the changes brought by both the seasons and progress, yet each enchantingly nostalgic. Throughout his life, his depictions of a captivating Paris were in high demand, and they remain a favorite of collectors and art aficionados today.
This important work is illustrated on page 185 of Édouard Cortès Le Poete Parisien de la Peinture, 1999, by D. Klein.
Height 14.25 inch (36.19 cm)
Width 20.88 inch (53.04 cm)
External Height 23.50 inch (59.69 cm)
External Width 30.00 inch (76.20 cm)
Stock Code
Oil on canvas
Signed “Edouard Cortès” (lower right)
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