Luigi Corti (German, 1916-c1967) primarily known for his Parisian and Italian cityscapes, landscapes, street & market scenes, harbor & river views and coastal scenes. Corti was born in Munich, Germany in 1916 and attended high school there and also took afternoon courses with the famous painter & illustrator Olaf Leonhard Gulbransson (Norwegian, 1873-1958) who was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Corti later served in the German Army during WWII and was severely wounded, being discharged with 100% disability from his injuries. After the war, he worked as a freelance artist and graphic designer in Munich, and had several exhibitions of his work and is represented in collections such as; the Städtische Galerie & Museum (Lenbachhaus) in Munich, purchases in the permanent collection of the State Government as well as the Graphic Arts Collection of the Bavarian State Chancellery (Bayerische Staatskanzlei) in Munich. Corti traveled widely and painted throughout France and Italy, and over the years he has often been mistaken for being either an Italian or French artist since many of his paintings depict the cityscapes and landscapes of those respective countries. His name is often signed ‘L. Corti’ on his paintings or with his full name of ‘Luigi Corti’ which only added to the speculation and confusion that he was either of Italian or French descent. One source stated that he died in the spring of 1967 but I am not sure if that is correct for this artist.
(Written by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, meibohmfinearts.com, from sources: Our internal records, with biographical information translated from German; Wikipedia.com.)