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Conducting   International Authentication Investigations into the art of Edouard Cortes

Edouard Leon Cortes (French  - 1882-1969)

 

 

     Before you begin any Edouard Cortes painting authentication investigation:

* Before entering into a full investigation of the legitimacy of a work of art you believe may be by Edouard Cortes, be it academic, forensic, or as with most cases both, it is essential to know if the project is at all viable and possibly provable. Much the same as you would need to know if you were taking a legal case to court.

Logically, if it is not viable, you should not attempt it as the risk of failure is too high.

 

 So we prefer to make a preliminary, vital professional pre-authentication assessment for clients first. This is based upon the images you supply, the details and the items known history.

This is a logical & cost effective professional assessment and advisory for which there is a modest set fee.

 

Please see our FAQ's which explains the process in detail.

 

 

 

CORTES FAKES:

 *We are seeing a disturbingly large number of fake Cortes works of art, with a provenance linking them to what was formerly perceived to be a respectable fine art dealership in California, USA. These seem to be arriving with us now quite regularly for research and investigation years on, having travelled through time via some very well noted department stores indeed.

Cortes was not only faked in California it seems but many other similarly questionable works passed on as his by dealers, so caution is advised if you are offered one, own one without knowing its true history, or intend to invest in one.

 

 

 

Cortes self portrait

Cortes self portrait

Authenticating  the Art of Edouard Cortes

  

 

   The relatively modern French artist Edouard Cortès is not necessarily and artist you would readily imagine is being faked and forged internationally?

But you would be very, very wrong.

Edouard Cortes however must count today as one of the most copied and faked artists of the past decade.

 Edourd Cortes' delightful enigmatic post impressionist paintings of suburban and Parisian city life, painted showing the city in all weathers, both nocturnal and seasonal, are fine depictions of Paris life and extremely popular and thus seen as commercial enterprises throughout the world. Unlike many French artists, Edouard Cortes paintings are still relatively affordable for the art investor and the market values are still on the rise.

 

 Unfortunately, Edouard Cortes' style and manner is not that unique and has been and still is relatively easily emulated and faked. Remember, the easiest thing for an unscrupulous faker to do be he artist or crooked dealer, is to simply add a valuable name, like Cortes, Galien-Laloue, Luigi Loir, or Jean Beraud's name to a pre existing Parisian painting or work of art which vaguely resembles their own works and he is away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edouard Cortes signature

Edouard Cortes signature

 

  


   

 

Cortes Paris street scene

 


  I remember the time when good quality Cortes works fetched only around 500 to 600 Euros at auction and they were plentiful. After all, he was a very prolific painter and produced thousands of such Paris street scene works. Suddenly the prices started to rise and with that ever rising tide, up shot the values and at the same time, up popped the fakers and art fraudsters.

 

 One Belgian auctioneer's room we visited to assist with authentication had a gaggle of Cortes paintings on the wall of the auction room ready for the hammer, which when we lit with a black light had more dancing fake signatures than in a Degas ballet!

Of nine Edouard Cortes works on display there, seven had added or faked signatures.

 

 

Cortes - L'arc de triomphe in winter 

 

 

This Cortes painting entitled: L'arc de triomphe in winter

  signed 'EDOUARD CORTES.' (lower right)  oil on canvas

13 x 18¼ in. (33 x 46.4 cm.) Making $31,500.00

 

 

 

 


 Meissner Neumann auctions in Prague on November 7, 2010  offered an Edouard Cortes painting of Paris from Le Boulevard Des Italiens with an sale estimate of between €33,333.00 - €37,500.00


It made: €40,700.00

 


 

 

 


 Taught by his father the Spanish painter Antonio Cortes, the French  born child prodigy Edouard Cortes attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at only 19 years of age in 1901 had his first exhibition at the Salon des Artistes Francais in Paris to great acclaim.

 

Paris Flower Market Cortes authentication

 

 

Édouard Cortès, along with other artists like Eugene Galien-Laloue, Antoine Blanchard, Luigi Loir and Jean Beraud, supplied the rising demand for these fascinating Parisian flavoured paintings, but all are massively faked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freemanart - Expert  in the  Fine  Art of  Authentication
            
 

^ Antoine Blanchard (1910-1988 French) ... was very similar to Cortes so be cautious. He is less valuable than Cortes, that is until a Cortes signature suddenly appears on one of his works.......

 

 

 

 

EXPERT IN THE FINE ART OF AUTHENTICATION

Expert de l'oeuvrede Cortes

 

 The Freemanart Consultancy specialise in art authentication investigations and have experts who specialise in French Post Impressionism and in particular the art of Édouard Cortès, Eugene Galien-Laloue, Luigi Loir and Jean Beraud.

We are specifically here to assist you with the pursuit of the truth in Cortes art authentication issues.

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