Born in Sainte-Rose, Quebec in 1888. Died in Macamic, Quebec in 1970. Marc-Aurèle Fortin RCA studied the rudiments of painting with Ludger Larose and Edmond Dyonnet from 1904 to 1908, when he left for Edmonton, Alberta, to work in a bank from 1908 to 1910. Before returning to Montréal in 1912, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and made trips to New York and Boston. Fortin exhibited his work in Chicago in 1929, and the following year in Pretoria, South Africa. In 1935, he travelled to the south of France and northern Italy. After that, he exhibited regularly. Fortin, who was well known as a landscape painter, depicted various regions of Quebec with considerable originality by using new techniques. After becoming seriously ill in the late 1950s, he stopped painting.

Elm Tree at Pont-Viau - between 1925 and 1930. oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
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