Artwork by Marc-Aurèle Fortin,  Gaspé Coast
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Cowley Abbott
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #11

Marc-Aurèle Fortin
Gaspé Coast

watercolour
signed lower right; Marc-Aurèle Fortin catalogue raisonné no. H-0860 (label verso)
22.75 x 31 ins ( 57.8 x 78.7 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $15,000.00$10,000.00 - $15,000.00

Provenance:
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, St. Louis
Private Collection, Ontario
Between 1941 and 1945, Fortin explored the Gaspésie region of Quebec. With the exception of Jackson and Lismer, very few other artists ventured as far out as the Gaspé. Fortin discovered an entirely new terrain to paint, full of meadows and hills, which replaced historical stone houses as his primary subject matter. Fortin ventured through the entire peninsula as well as the mountains in the interior, always by bicycle.

Fortin’s artworks of the Gaspésie region of Quebec demonstrate his subsequent preferred style: watercolours punctuated with black pencil and oil pastels. “Gaspé Coast” depicts a classic view of the hills and coast of the region, in delicate watercolours with black pastel outlines. The work illustrates the palette specific to his illustrations of the Gaspé; his colours are muted and more sombre, in contrast to the bright greens of his prior works. A marvelous patchwork of fields in shades of green and yellow draw the viewer’s eye forward to a chapel and waterfront village.
Sale Date: September 24th 2020

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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.