Lot Sale Results

Marc-Aurèle Fortin
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 130

Marc-Aurèle Fortin
ARCA 1888 - 1970 Canadian

Crépuscule d’automne au bord de l’île
oil on board circa 1940
signed and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "13984" and "33410"
15 1/2 x 23 1/2 in  39.4 x 59.7cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, May 31, 1990, lot 193
Private Collection

Literature:
Michèle Grandbois, editor, Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2011, page 33

Exhibited:
Musée Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Montreal, October 9, 1985 - January 12, 1986, catalogue #167

Marc-Aurèle Fortin was born in the peaceful Quebec town of Sainte-Rose and had a lifelong connection with this locale, often painting the surrounding countryside. Fortin felt a great attraction to the venerable old trees there, and Richard Foisy writes that "they burst into the history of Quebec painting as if no other painter before Marc-Aurèle Fortin had ever looked at a tree and managed to depict it on a canvas with all of its foliage perpetually rustling, against a background of dazzling ever-present cloud effects." Here a towering tree spreads its twisting branches over the whole scene, its darkness dramatically highlighted against a stunning sunset. Adding to the strength of this painting, Fortin used a distinctive technique of laying down a black background, then applying chromatic planes of colour. This black underlay adds depth and an awareness of his painterly brushwork in the areas of lighter colour. Saturated with atmosphere, this striking painting of people’s activities at day's end in autumn captures the essence of rural Quebec.
This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist's work, #H-0182.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

Sold For: $47,200.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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