Étude le Port , 1930 (circa)
Inscriptionssigned, "M.A. FORTIN" (lower left); titled and signed by the artist, ‘Etude le Port/ Fortin (verso, centre)
Galerie L'Art Français, Montreal
Property of Roland Dumais, Montreal
Cosner Gallery, Montreal
Acquired from the above by the present private collection, Montreal
It is of interest to note the development of the Port of Montreal in the 1920s and the construction of these massive grain silos. Whether it is intentional or otherwise, one cannot help but consider the economic activity Fortin describes and the related social change marked by those years, juxtaposed against the traditions represented by the Cathedral of Saint Anthony of Padua in the distance. Fortin was not a documentary painter. However one might speculate that this fine composition may have been inspired by a view from the Hochelaga Maisonneuve Pier. A previous owner of this fine Fortin, Roland Dumais, was a successful Montréal architect and a client of Walter Klinkhoff Gallery.