Marc-Aurèle Fortin therefore advocates the national art of the French-Canadian terroir. Like his predecessors such as Suzor-Coté and Clarence Gagnon, Fortin painted the habitat rather than the inhabitant. He wanted to paint rurality beyond the Quebec climate. Moreover, Marc-Aurèle Fortin affirmed this: "So I invented green trees. I said: There is something other than snow in the province of Quebec."1
Fortin's nature was that of the countryside and agricultural activity. According to Fortin, the national identity passed through this rather than through the wild nature of the great virgin spaces. For an artist who clings to this vision of nationalism and its traditions.
Marc-Aurèle Fortin (1888 - 1970)
Grande Vallée, c. 1941
Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal
Oil on panel
Fine Canadian Art
91,4 x 122 cm | 36'' x 48''
Dimensions with frame
113 x 143 cm | 44,5'' x 56,5''
Signed lower right