Cordey, born in 1854 in Paris, is one of the early Impressionists

At the suggestion of Renoir in 1877 he took part in the 3rd Impressionist exhibition. At the same time he was in the presence of the event exhibitions, organized by Caillebotte at 6, Rue Pelletier.


His life

He had previously studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and met Renoir. Cordey was also closely related to Guillaumin, Pissarro and Sisley.


In 1881 he traveled to Algeria with his friend Auguste Renoir.


In 1887 he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants, and from 1903 onward at the Salon d'Automne.


His landscape paintings depict mostly motives of the Oise at Auvers, Pontoise and Éragny.


ordey was considered wealthy and painted really only when he wanted to. Therefore his pieces are understandably rare.


There is little literature on Cordey, who exhibited only rarely.


In 1911 Cordey died in Paris.


The retrospective exhibition took place  in the gallery Choiseul in Paris in the winter of 1913 / 14.

In February 1914 Alphonse Thalasso  praised Cordeys landscapes of Éragny in "L'Art et les Artistes" and mentions his talent as a portraitist.
In the preface to the catalog Gustave Geffroy wrote: "You can pretend not to know the work of Cordey because it was never seen in its entirety. The painter had his livelihood. It is said that one of them [an art dealer] came at the end of his life to him and asked him to give him all of his pictures. Cordey had nothing against it, but laid down such a high price, the price of his entire life, that the visitor did not insist further. "

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Paintings in museum collections

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

- Madame Cordey faisant de la tapisserie, Inventory number RF 3952


Musée départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais


Leeds Art Gallery, UK

- Le chômage sur l'Oise


Major exhibitions

Les Peintres de l'Oise, Musée Talvet-Delacour at Pontoise, 2003




Christophe Duvivier, Camille Pissarro et les peintres de la vallée de l'Oise, Musée Talvet-Delacour à Pontoise, Ed. Somogy, Paris, 2003.


Artist dictionaries: Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, Saur, Schurr-Cabanne