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Marc-Aurèle Fortin

Gaspé Landscape: Anse-aux-Gascons

Artist

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

Title

Gaspé Landscape: Anse-aux-Gascons

Date

Between 1941 and 1945

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

69.8 x 87.3 cm

Credits

Claire Dalmé Bequest, inv. 2010.653

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

By repeatedly portraying the same scenes – in Sainte-Rose, the Hochelaga neighbourhood, Saint-Siméon, Bagotville and Anse-aux-Gascons – Fortin betrayed his relative indifference to subject; he was far more concerned with developing his formal language. Although, like Alexander Bercovitch, André Biéler and A. Y. Jackson, he tended to focus on landscapes that retained the look of a bygone age, he made little attempt to portray them with verisimilitude. This view of Anse-aux-Gascons and the six other known works that resemble it may well have been executed partly on site, for the artist had lodgings only a short distance away.

© Fondation Marc-Aurèle Fortin / SOCAN (2020)

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