Marc-Aurèle Fortin

Marc-Aurèle Fortin - Heffel Gallery

Marc-Aurèle Fortin

1888 - 1970
ARCA

Marc-Aurèle Fortin was born in 1888 in the small village of Ste-Rose, just north of Montreal. Throughout his career his birthplace was often the subject of his paintings, and he became known for his portrayals of the simple and familiar scenes of rural Quebec life.

Fortin lived in Montreal from 1912 to 1920, but during this time he made frequent painting trips to Ste-Rose, the Laurentians and Piedmont with his painting gear strapped to his ramshackle bicycle.

In 1920, Fortin returned to live in Ste-Rose, immersing himself in the beauty of its countryside. His early work showed influences of the Barbizon School, however he eventually found his own unique style that incorporated the influences of the Group of Seven and Fauvism.

In addition to exhibiting in numerous Canadian museums, Fortin also achieved international recognition. His work was included in the exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London entitled A Century of Canadian Art held in 1938, and the following year he was awarded the bronze medal at the New York World’s Fair. In 1945 he participated in the exhibition Canadian Art held in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and by this time his work had garnered such acclaim that in 1944 a retrospective show of his work was held at the Musée du Québec in Quebec City.

Also a testament to his importance to the history of Quebec, an electoral district that included the neighbourhoods of Auteuil and Ste-Rose was named in his honour in 2004.



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Vue de St-Siméon
39 x 48in 99 x 121.9cm
circa 1945
oil on board

Estimate:  $400,000 - $600,000 CDN
Sold for:   $672,750 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 15, 2013



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Gaspésie
31 x 47 1/2in 78.7 x 120.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $700,000 - $900,000 CDN
Sold for:   $500,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016



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Montréal vue de l'Île Sainte-Hélène
34 1/4 x 42 1/2in 87 x 107.9cm
circa 1925 - 1928
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $250,000 - $350,000 CDN
Sold for:   $468,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011



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Paysage de Gaspésie, L'Anse-aux-Gascons
28 1/4 x 40 1/4in 71.7 x 102.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $300,000 - $400,000 CDN
Sold for:   $354,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014



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Maisons en hiver
21 x 27in 53.3 x 68.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $70,000 - $90,000 CDN
Sold for:   $140,400 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2010 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010



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Le Pianiste
48 x 28in 121.9 x 71.1cm
circa 1920
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $45,000 - $65,000 CDN
Sold for:   $126,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2006 auction on Friday, November 24, 2006



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Maison Camille Leclerc, Ste. Rose
22 x 28in 55.9 x 71.1cm
circa 1940
oil on board

Estimate:  $50,000 - $70,000 CDN
Sold for:   $97,250 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2017 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 24, 2017



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Bateaux
24 x 36 1/4in 61 x 92.1cm
circa 1948
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $50,000 - $70,000 CDN
Sold for:   $87,750 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011



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Scène d'automne
19 x 31in 48.3 x 78.7cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $30,000 - $40,000 CDN
Sold for:   $80,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 auction on Thursday, November 24, 2005



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Landscape, Longeuil
18 x 25in 45.7 x 63.5cm
circa 1922 - 1923
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $25,000 - $30,000 CDN
Sold for:   $80,500 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's November 2002 auction on Saturday, November 30, 2002


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