Tuesday, February 19, 2013

FORTIN, Marc-Aurèle, Country Landscape, at @ZaidanGallery http://goo.gl/6nMyA

"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-Aurèle Fortin, 1969)

Marc Fortin was born in 1888 in Sainte-Rose, north of Montreal, Died in Macamic, Quebec in 1970. He started attending drawing classes at a very early age, and studied the rudiments of painting with Ludger Larose and Edmond Dyonnet from 1904 to 1908. In 1907 he attended the Chicago Art Institute then returned to Quebec in 1912. During the following six years, Fortin developed a new style through his paintings, a dazzling landscape transformation.

In 1935, after a six month stay in Europe, Fortin returned to Canada with a new style; using intense and vibrant tones, he used a technique which consisted in painting on grey backgrounds ″to describe the warmth of Quebec skies″ and on black backgrounds ″to intensify the relationship between shadow and light″. In 1939, he experimented with watercolor enhanced with pencil and oil pastel. He also worked with stamps and engraved close to 60 plaques.
His paintings are found in public Canadian collections in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, in the Quebec Museum in Quebec City, in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts where he has his own room, as well as in the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.