Post-Impressionist French artist Edouard-Leon Cortes was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, just outside Paris, in 1882. He began his artistic education at the hand of his father, who at one time had been a painter for the Spanish Royal Court. His more formal education began at age seventeen, when he enrolled for studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1901, the young Cortes entered his first exhibition at the Salon des Artistes Francais. His work was well received and brought him immediate recognition. Thus began the fame that he would enjoy for the remainder of his long and productive life.