MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.
Private Collection, Nova Scotia
Michèle Grandbois (ed.), Marc-Aurèle Fortin: The Experience of Colour, (catalogue), Musée nationale des beaux-arts du Quebec, Les Editions de l’Homme, 2011, pages 37 and 102.
In 1933, Marc-Aurèle Fortin’s father with whom he had a difficult relationship passed away, resulting in Fortin coming into an inheritance which, Richard Foisy describes as “a considerable sum” affording him the opportunity of visiting Europe. This work dates from that trip.
It is not surprising to see Fortin using watercolour at this time. As Grandbois points out “Lightweight and easy to carry, watercolour requires little in the way of preparation. The artists baggage is limited to a few sheets of paper, brushes, water and a small metal box containing the watercolour cakes...” She continues: “The artist developed a passion for watercolour, describing it as a ‘tremendous mania’ that intoxicated him as if he were a morphine addict.”