Marc-Aurèle Fortin created most of his work between 1910 and the early 1950s. At that time, the artistic milieu in Québec was undergoing a number of upheavals, presaging the emergence of modernist painting and abstraction. These transformations did not take place from one day to the next, or without resistance. In fact the inter-war period can be seen as one of transition, during which artistic practices were subjected to sometimes contradictory influences. Several painters embraced modernism while remaining tied, in some respects, to tradition. Fortin was one such painter. This exhibition brings out this paradox in Fortin’s thematic and stylistic choices through works depicting scenes of rural Québec, demonstrating how he could be associated with both tradition and modernism.
Exhibition conceived and circulated by the MNBAQ.
Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Passing Shower, Baie-Saint-Paul, 1936 or 1937. Oil on cardboard. MNBAQ coll. © FONDATION MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN / SODRAC (2013)
Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Bateaux de pêche au port, between 1948 and 1955. Casein, charcoal and graphite on plywood. MNBAQ coll. © FONDATION MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN / SODRAC (2013)
Marc-Aurèle Fortin, The Elm at Pont-Viau, 1928 (or earlier). Oil on canvas, 137 x 166,4 cm. MNBAQ Collection (1937.20) © FONDATION MARC-AURÈLE FORTIN / SODRAC (2013)
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