Artwork by Marc-Aurèle Fortin,  Intérieur

Marc-Aurèle Fortin

oil on board
signed lower right; catalogue raisonné number H-0273
24 x 33.75 ins ( 61 x 85.7 cms )

Sold for $27,600.00
Sale date: November 22nd 2016

Private Collection, Montreal
Charles C. Hill, “Canadian Painting in the Thirties,” The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1975, page 115
Guy Robert, “Marc-Aurèle Fortin: L’homme à L’oeuvre,” Ottawa, 1976, reproduced page 48
Guy Robert, “Fortin: L’homme à L’oeuvre,” Montreal, 1982, reproduced page 18
Born in Sainte-Rose, Marc-Aurèle Fortin’s early artistic training came at home under the tutelage of artists including Ludger Larose and Edmond Dyonnet before his studies would take him to Chicago, New York, Boston and later, to France. Although best known for his studies of the life of small-town Quebec (“...the large elms in small Quebec villages, hay wagons on country roads, and the flowing curves of Quebec farmhouses...”), this painting presents a rare view inside one of the painter’s distinct homesteads. Fortin’s varied palette is present here, lined by his signature use of black tones along the edges and crevasses of the kitchen. As with the painter’s most celebrated work, any presence of darkness is overpowered by colour. As reds and oranges burst from the fire within the stove, yellow light streaks through the only window in the room, spotlighting a quiet moment between mother and child. The warmth transmitted from the scene is carried not only by the comfort of the sun and crackling fire, but also from the tender moment shared between the two.

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Marc-Aurèle Fortin
(1888 - 1970) RCA, ARCA

Born in Sainte-Rose, Quebec in 1888. Died in Macamic, Quebec in 1970. Marc-Aurele Fortin RCA studied the rudiments of painting with Ludger Larose and Edmond Dyonnet from 1904 to 1908 when he left for Edmonton, Alberta to work in a bank from 1908 to 1910. Before returning to Montreal in 1912 he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and made trips to New York and Boston. Fortin exhibited his work in Chicago in 1929 and the following year in Pretoria, South Africa. In 1935 he travelled to the south of France and northern Italy after which he exhibited regularly. Fortin, who was well known as a landscape painter, depicted various regions of Quebec with considerable originality by using new techniques. He stopped painting after becoming seriously ill in the late 1950s.