The Art of Canada Auction (Canadian Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 167
MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.
  • MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.

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MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN, A.R.C.A.

ANTIBES, LE PORT

watercolour and pencil
signed; titled and dated “23 Jan 34” on the reverse
10.25 ins x 13.75 ins; 26.7 cms x 34.3 cms

Estimate $5,000-$7,000

Realised: $4,920
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

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.”

Literature:

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.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Nova Scotia