Cordey, Frédéric

under construction

Frédéric (-Samuel) Cordey (1854-1911)


Cordey joined only the 3rd ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1877:

At the 3rd ‘impressionist’ exposition Cordey showed 4 works.
Cordey was invited by his close friend Renoir for who’s famous painting ‘Moulin de la Galette’ he also modelled (iR69;iR3).
See link for his -/-pictures. See link for an account.


Frédéric-Samuel Cordey at the Salon:

Cordey only exhibited at the Salon in 1876 with a portrait (iR1).
See link for his -/-pictures. See link for an account.


Cordey as an artist:

Cordey was a pupil of Isidore Pils (iR1;R9;iR69;iR3;iR4), Gustave Boulanger (R9;iR69;iR3), Lehmann (R16;iR22;iR4), Gérôme (iR4) and Péquegnot (iR1). Together with his friend Franc-Lamy (and Goeneutte) he resisted against the classical teachings of the Ecole des Beaux-arts (R3;iR5).
Received positive critics from Geffroy, Paul Alexis and Tabarant.


Was Cordey an Impressionist?

Cordey was a close friend of Renoir (iR3;iR69). He attended his studio in the Rue Saint-Georges and his house in Rue Cortot and belonged to a circle of inseparable friends, including Franc-Lamy (R82,p22-3; see).  Cordey several times modelled for Renoir: in Moulin de la Galette (1876), conversation (1879ca). He also was a model for Norbert Goeneutte (1885ca).
Cordey regularly visited Café de la Nouvelle-Athènes (R3;iR5). Maybe he also joined the meetings in the restaurant of Murer (R3;iR5). Cordey painted with Cézanne and Guillaumin in Auvers-sur-Oise, Eragny and Moret-sur-Loing (R3;iR5).

Goeneutte, 1885ca, Frederic Samuel Cordey, xx, xx (iR4)

Renoir, 1879ca, Conversation (detail with Cordey), 45×38, Nm Stockholm, (iR10;iR4;iR2;R30,no334)

Biography of Frédéric Cordey:

  • 1854/07/09: Frédéric-Samuel Cordey was born in Paris (iR24;iR69)
  • Cordey had a personal fortune (R3;iR4)
  • 1872-75: pupil of Isidore Pils, together with Franc-Lamy and Goeneutte (iR5;iR4).
  • 1875: after the death of Pils, Franc Lamy, Cordey and Goeneutte became pupil of Henri Lehmann (iR4;iR5)
  • 1876?: they switched classes and became pupil of Jean-Léon Gérôme (iR4;iR5).
  • 1876: Cordey lived 35, Rue Forest, Paris (Montmartre) (iR1)
  • 1877: Cordey lived at 14, Rue Le Chapelais, Paris (Montmartre) (R2,p204;iR1)
  • 1881/05/14: exhibited ‘Le Grog’ at the auction in Hôtel Drouot to support the musician Cabanel, organized by his friend Franc Lamy (iR40;iR3)
  • He made portraits of Nina de Callias and Léon Dierx (‘prince des poètes’) (iR3).
  • 1881: Cordey made a trip in Algiers together with André Lhote and Lestringuez (iR3;iR5)
    In Marz/April Renoir meets them there (R31,p300).
  • 1884 (and or 1887): Cordey exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants (iR3;iR22)
  • 1903-08: exhibited at the Salon d’Automne (iR3;iR1)
  • 1911/02/18 Cordey died in Paris (iR24;iR69)
  • 1913-14: a retrospective exhibition of Cordey at the Choiseul Gallery (iR3)




My main sources are Moffett (R2), Walther (R3), Denvir (R5), Schurr & Cabanne (2008,R9,p194), the Salon database (iR1), Benezit (iR69) and xx. For other general references (=R) see. My main sources (for the pictures) from the internet are Wikimedia (iR6) and xx. For other references to internet sites (=iR) see. For other additional references (=aR) see below. See links for practical hints and abbreviations and for the subscription of the paintings.
For further reading see:
Bénézit (1976,IIIp164=R75), Busse (1977,p261=R77), Witt (1978,p66=R78).
Thalasso, Adolphe: Frédéric Samuel Cordey; L’art et les artistes. Rendu exposition à la galerie Choiseul, 1914.

Additional references:
  1. x