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|Marc-Aurèle Fortin was a painter and engraver who was born in
Sainte-Rose, Quebec, Canada (present day Laval, a part of greater
Montreal). He lived in the Montreal area for most of his life
except for a period from 1908 to 1910 when he lived in Edmonton,
Alberta. The last three years of his life were spent in Macanic,
Quebec (about 400 miles north of Montreal), which is where he died.|
His mediums were oil, pastel, watercolour, gouache, charcoal, casein,
pen and ink, etching and mixed mediums. His subjects were mostly
landscapes, cityscapes, harbour views, rural scenes and genre.
The locations were in Montreal, the Laurentians, the Charlevoix region
(north of Quebec City) and the Gaspe Peninsula (all in Quebec).
His style was Fauvism. His works are identified by vibrant
colours, complex composition and unusual pictorial angels. Quote:
“All artists are influenced by others in their technique, in their
craft. But a real artist preserves his Ivory Tower, which is
impenetrable. The Ivory Tower is the area of inspiration, it’s
where the artist goes to get his ideas about art.” – Marc-Aurele Fortin
In Montreal (1904 –1908) he studied at l’ École du Plateau with Ludger
Larose (see AskART) and at the Monument National with Edmond
Dyonnet (see AskART). He also studied at the Art Institute of
Chicago (c.1911) under Edward Timmons (see AskART).
His foreign travels include New York City and Boston (1912 -1914), France and England (1920) and France and Italy (1935).
He exhibited in group shows with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
from 1910 to 1949 and with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 1911
to 1967. His work was also included in the Tate Gallery (London)
show "A Century of Canadian Art" (1938); the New York Worlds Fair
(1939); the Art Institute of Chicago (1939); “Canadian Art in Brazil”
(Sao Paulo/ 1945), “Three Hundred Years of Canadian Art” at the
National Gallery of Canada (1967); “Canadian Painting in the Thirties”
also at the National Gallery of Canada (1975); “Landscape Painting in
Quebec” at the Museum of Quebec (1978); and “Modernism in Quebec
Art, 1916 –1946” at the National Gallery of Canada (1982).
His solo exhibitions start in 1935 at the T. Eaton Company department
store in Montreal. Since then the venues have included the Museum of
Quebec (1944), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1954), the National
Gallery of Canada (1964) and the Museum of Quebec (1976).
Depending on the source, Fortin is said to have created between 6000
and 10,000 paintings. His works are avidly collected and are in
many private and public collections. Some of the public
collections are the National gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Art
Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the
Museum of Quebec (Quebec City), the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
(Kingston) and the Montreal Museum of Modern Art.
His lifetime honours include the Jessie Dow Prize from the Montreal
Museum of Fine arts (1938), the bronze medal at the New York World’s
Fair (1939), election as an associate to the Royal Canadian Academy of
Arts (1942), and one of his paintings was chosen to be presented by the
Canadian government to President DeGaulle when he visited Canada in
1967. His posthumous honours include the Marc-Aurele Fortin
Museum in Montreal, which opened in 1984, and is dedicated largely to
his work. In 2004 a new Canadian federal election district was created
in Montreal, that includes the neighbourhood of Sainte-Rose where he
was born and lived most of his life, in his honour it was named
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke
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He was born in Ste-Rose in 1888. He studied at The Plateau School in Montreal with Edmond Dyonnet and completed his training at the Chicago Institute, then in New York and Boston. His mediums are oil, watercolor, pastel charcoal, etching and copper etching.
In 1932, he started exhibiting in Canada, then in France in 1940. He participated in many different exhibitions in Canada, in the United States, in South Africa, and in Europe.
The National Gallery of Canada did a retrospective exhibition in 1964. He passed away in 1970.
Prizes: Jessie Dow Prize in 1938, Bronze Medal at the World Exhibition of New York in 1939, RCA en 1942, 1st prize of the Québec Government in 1945, Painting offered as a gift to the General De Gaulle in 1960.
Galerie d'Art du Château Frontenac
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