Top Finds: 1959 Édouard Cortès Oil Painting

Top Finds: 1959 Édouard Cortès Oil Painting


APPRAISER: Can you tell me who the artist
is of this painting? GUEST: Yes, it’s Édouard Cortès. APPRAISER: And how did you first become aware
of him? GUEST: I was watching Antiques Roadshow, and
in the Feedback Booth, a gentleman stated that he found out his Cortès was a fake.
And a light bulb went off, and I ran downstairs, and sure enough, this painting that had been
hanging on our wall for 40 years said, “Édouard Cortès.” APPRAISER: And who was it who owned it originally?
Was it your parents? GUEST: Yes, grandparents, yes, and they were
both artists. APPRAISER: They were both painters. And did
they paint in Paris at all, do you know? GUEST: I don’t believe so– they vacationed
there. They brought home things that they liked and enjoyed, so… APPRAISER: What do you know about the artist? GUEST: I just found his bio on the internet,
and that he was from a family of well-known artists. And he was best known for his Parisian
street scenes. He was born in 1882 and died in 1969. APPRAISER: You’ve done your research; I commend
you. That’s absolutely correct. He was born quite near to Paris. His father, in fact,
was a Spanish court painter. And the artist was based in Paris, and that’s where he would
have painted this. And he made Paris pretty much his subject matter from about 1900 onwards
until his death. Some people have criticized him in the past for being perhaps a little
too prolific and even formulaic, because many of his paintings are exactly this kind of
subject. Now, there is a way that can help us to identify whether, in fact, it is by
the artist. Do you know what that is? GUEST: No, I don’t. APPRAISER: What he used to do was he would
take a little pin and he would stick it in the canvas, and he would do that to establish
the vanishing point to determine the perspective in the painting and in the drawing. So, let’s
see if we can find a little pinhole. Ah, a little pinprick right here. So it could be
good news. Do you see that? GUEST: Yes, I do; I thought it was a flaw. APPRAISER: No. If you look at the lines, they
all converge and come to this point. Now, that, of course, is not conclusive. There’s
a gallery in New York and there’s another gentleman who will authenticate his works,
but I think there’s no question that this work is, in fact, by Édouard Cortès. And
we do see a lot of them that aren’t right. It’s very well done; you’ve got these wonderful
light sources. You see the reflections on the road in the foreground. He worked on similarly
sized canvases– this one’s about 18×22; he did smaller ones. For an 18×22-inch canvas,
at auction, that should be worth $30,000 to $50,000. GUEST: You’ve got to be kidding me– $30,000
to $50,000? APPRAISER: $30,000 to $50,000. I would feel
very confident in saying that. And in fact, I would expect it to make probably the upper…
the upper reaches of that estimate– $40,000 or $50,000. GUEST: That’s absolutely wonderful. Wow! That’s
really exciting. APPRAISER: I hope those are tears of joy,
by the way. GUEST: They are tears of joy.

96 thoughts on “Top Finds: 1959 Édouard Cortès Oil Painting

  1. That accent is of his is golden it's just a "hmmm yuuusss how deuhhh you diuoo my good sir yess honhuuuhhhh."

  2. His treatment of light and outdoor scenes looks like he may have influenced the American artist G. Harvey.

  3. I wonder if they have insurance dealers at these events. It's be a shame if someone found out something was valuable, only to have it stolen or broken on the ride home.

  4. That's the Paris opera house in the background, isn't it?
    Nice painting. Looks like the bastard sat out in the autumn rain when he made it.

  5. Hello everyone,
    I recently inherited a painting by Claude Monet it is a real painting 19" x 26" A Masterpiece in the series "Sunrise" that coined him the Father of Impressionism but the only problem with owning something of this magnitude or magnificence is that no one will believes it period, unless I fork out thousands of dollars to prove it.. So much for the art world, let's not help rewrite history with newly discovered works of art, let's just say (keep em down!) Nowadays It's all about money just like everything else…
    Claude Monet link:
    https://www.facebook.com/Claude-Monet-145159886096892/

  6. I love Cortes paintings even better than Andrew Wyeth's stuff. Cortes moves my emotions in a way no other artist has ever done. To see his work mixed with the music of Erik Satie, see this incredible video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fuIMye31Gw . I watch it while doing yoga exercised and it is tremendously relaxing.

  7. i am not into paintings.. and most of the time i laugh with the prices ..i cant understand them.. this one actually i like..great painting

  8. For whomever information, it is a view of the Theatre du Châtelet seen from Quai de Gestures. Interesting to see a painting of a very familier place ! 🙂

  9. Be careful you have full providence that you own the painting. On a British TV, there was a painting a woman had given to her and it hung in her house for years. She went to the BBC Antique Roadshow and the painting was thought to be an original. After it was proven to be an original, the lady decided to sell it because it was not practical to0 keep (insurance etc). Unfortunately, it turned out the painting was taken during WW2. Some family member survived the camps found out about the painting and demanded it back. The painting now sits while the so-called experts try to sort things out. You see some art taken was signed over by family members to the Nazis. Other paintings were just taken. If you are forced to sign does that mean you have a claim or not. That is a very touchy subject. Maybe you are off not knowing at times.

  10. I cannot understand how people have a painting, especially one like THAT, in their homes and know nothing about the artist. So odd to me.

  11. I saw one like this in my friends house in Malaysia and I felt stuck watching in the painting i thought it was real since it was oil in canvas painting. Now I know😊👍

  12. Omg! Are you kidding me? $30k – $50k, that's all? This must be a very old show because I've known that very painting by that great artist for at least four decades, and would venture that it would get $250k today, 2019, at the very least; for $50k I would never sell it, maybe not even for 1/4 mil. Cortes to me was like Monet, but I favored Cortes, one of the all time great artists, way under rated.
    So, though this painting by Cortes was well known most likely, it was in the possession of this woman since her grand parents brought it home, probably shortly after it was painted. Wow, what a story.

  13. You got the easy part out of the way. Now You have to find some schmuck who is willing to fork over 30 to 50 thousand bucks for that painting.
    Good Luck.

  14. On the PBS original version of Antiques Roadshow, typical response to a high value is doubting disbelief ("Are you kidding?" or "You're joking.") On the original version, the owner is calmly surprised (as we would expect from a Brit ("Oh, my. That's interesting.")

  15. What a lovely painting. I could stare at that for hours. You can tell the artist loves Paris and observed Paris at all times of the day and evening.

  16. The light sources in this painting are absolutely stunning, they really seem like they're real. A beautiful painting

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