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LOT 156

Marc-Aurèle Fortin
ARCA
1888 - 1970
Canadian

Paysage à Sainte-Rose
oil on card on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated circa 1939 on a gallery label, inscribed "Landscape" and certified by Fortin inventory #H-0192
22 x 28 1/8 in 55.9 x 71.4 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

PROVENANCE
Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal


This vivid landscape by Marc-Aurèle Fortin depicts the village of Sainte-Rose where he was born and lived much of his life; now a neighbourhood within the City of Laval, it was amalgamated along with numerous other smaller towns in 1965. Fortin was a daring experimenter in his work. He used intense, arresting colours against black and grey backgrounds, employing bold contrasts and white highlights. His work can be described as a decorative type of Fauvism, wherein brilliant colours are used within the parameters of carefully thought out compositions with lyrical lines and accenting patterns. In this work, the fence line repeats the accenting strokes of white in the sky, and Fortin’s brushwork has areas of consistent patterning that unify the work overall. His delicate treatment of the lines of the tree limbs and their endmost branches exemplify Fortin’s skill with the large, lush trees which he often sought out to paint. The delicate raw umber leaves, which drip down from the uppermost edges of the work, are especially fine.


Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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