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LOT 148

Marc-Aurèle Fortin
1888 - 1970

Laurentides en hiver
oil on board, circa 1937 - 1938
signed and on verso titled on a label
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 in 40 x 50.2 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $37,251

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Montreal

Michèle Grandbois, editor, Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 2011, page 170

Marc-Aurèle Fortin took many painting journeys throughout his home province of Quebec –to places including the Beaupré Coast, Île d’Orléans, the Charlevoix region, the Gaspé Peninsula, and here, the Laurentides. This is an engaging composition full of rural Quebec character in elements such as the small church and the charming horse and sleigh. Rhythm is present everywhere in the landscape, from the fence posts in the foreground to the curve of the road and the sloping roofs, building up to the top of the rounded hills. Equally important is Fortin’s pleasing colour palette. In the 1940 book Peinture moderne, Maurice Gagnon wrote, “Fortin has a sense of colour whose sharp associations crackle with superbly chosen harmonies…tones that quiver precisely through the selections he always knows how to make…What a born decorative artist!” In Laurentides en hiver, Fortin creates a melodic whole with his light-filled palette of pastel hues based on cream tones. To emphasize structure, Fortin uses strong black outlines, giving strength to this captivating scene.
This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist’s work, #H-1079.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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