ArtworksMarc-Aurèle FortinPaysage à Québec, 1936 (circa)1888-1970CAD 95,000
Inscriptionssigned, 'M.A. Fortin' (lower right); titled and signed, ‘Paysage à Québec / M.A. Fortin’ (verso, centre)
ProvenanceGalerie L'Art Français, Montreal;
Corby’s Distilleries, Montreal;
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal, as Quebec Landscape, ca. 1935, and 'oil on Masonite';Acquired from the above by the present owner, Toronto, 2008.
This is an outstanding work by the master, probably painted in Quebec City. It represents an excellent example of his innovative and unique approach to painting in Canada. This lyrical painting is described in a style commonly referred to as “la manière gris." This grey period is defined by his application of a steel grey colour paint over the surface of the support, upon which Fortin later works up his subject matter. Fortin’s bold palette counts him among the moderns of his generation.9of 66