LOT 152

1888 - 1970

Landscape, Upper Sainte-Rose
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated circa 1937 on the gallery labels
23 3/4 x 29 7/8 in, 60.3 x 75.9 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000 CAD

Sold for: $85,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie L'Art Français Ltée, Montreal
Galerie d'art Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec
Private Collection, Montreal

Michèle Grandbois, editor, Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2011, essay by Richard Foisy, page 57

The Quebec village of Sainte-Rose was the birthplace of Marc-Aurèle Fortin, and it was an enduring and beloved theme in his paintings all his life. His childhood instilled in him a sense of wonder for the area’s bewitching huge elms and dreamy skies with floating clouds. Richard Foisy wrote that “Fortin was forever bringing the green paradise of his childhood back into the present in his painting; he constantly revived it in his never-ending search for new techniques, which turned this nomad’s work into a continual experiment.” His experimentation with grey and black backgrounds was one of his new techniques – he worked upwards to the surface from dark to light on his canvases. This is a rich and complex work with luxuriant and expressive paint work. Autumn leaves flutter down from one of Sainte-Rose’s giant elms onto the houses, and Fortin’s complementary colour contrast between greens and reds is particularly vibrant. Fortin’s heightened vision of rustic Sainte-Rose captivates us with its magical atmosphere.

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist's work, #H-0859.

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000 CAD

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