MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.
Private Collection, Montreal
René Buisson, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, un maitre inconnu, Le Musée Marc-Aurèle, Montreal, 1995, pages 78, 79 and 213 for related works Hochelaga, Vue du Mont-Royal and Avenue du Parc, respectively, reproduced.
Fortin produced exquisite works in oil (see preceding lot), watercolour (see lot 12) as well as pastel like this highly polished view from Mt-Royal overlooking Fletcher’s Field in Montreal.
Here Fortin follows a time-tested arrangement - horizontal bands demarcating specific zones within the panorama. The lush green hills of the lower edge of the mountain in the foreground are separated from the city by a road (Avenue du Parc), which itself is separated from the banlieue in the distance. These receding bands both stabilize the composition and add interest.
The monument featured in this view is dedicated to the memory of George-Étienne Cartier, a Father of Confederation. The monument is reputed to be the largest in Montreal and was inaugurated in 1919.