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Marc-Aurèle Fortin

Farm at Sainte-Rose


Marc-Aurèle Fortin
Sainte-Rose, Quebec, 1888 – Macamic, Quebec, 1970


Farm at Sainte-Rose


Between 1923 and 1930


Oil on canvas


99 x 140.7 cm


Gift of Cristina and Iain Ronald, inv. 2008.229


Quebec and Canadian Art

With its traditional houses nestled under the foliage of majestic elms, the importance of the Sainte-Rose landscape in Fortin’s work is well known. Indeed, collectors and critics would make the iconic elm the symbol of his oeuvre. In Farm at Sainte-Rose, the great trees fill most of the canvas with strokes of green, which do not accurately reproduce elm leaves but give movement to the surface of the painting. Between the branches, fluffy clouds echo the masses of foliage. This subjective vision stamps the artist’s work as modern within the Canadian context, even though his subjects and more conventional discourse distance him from modernism. Fortin considered this painting one of his masterpieces.

© Fondation Marc-Aurèle Fortin / SOCAN (2024)

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