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Marc-Aurele Fortin, At Baie Saint-Paul

Marc-Aurele Fortin, At Baie Saint-Paul Canada Postage Stamp
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Title
Marc-Aurele Fortin, At Baie Saint-Paul
Denomination
17¢
Date of Issue
May 22, 1981
Quantity
17,950,000
Postal Administration
Canada
Series
Canadian Art
Series Time Span
1981
Perforation or Dimension
12.5
Printer
Ashton-Potter Limited.
Creators
Designed by Pierre Fontaine.
Original Artwork
Marc-Aurèle Fortin, "À la Baie Saint-Paul", 1937 Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, Quebec
About Stamp
Marc-Aurèle Fortin was born in Ste-Rose, Quebec, in 1888. His artistic tendencies displeased his family, but Fortin persevered. He studied art in Montreal and eventually scraped together enough money to study abroad by working at the Montreal Post Office and at an Edmonton bank. Upon his return he specialized in the landscape of the St. Lawrence Valley. He used watercolours because they were easy to carry on his bicycle. Fortin believed that "Canadian artists should take their inspiration from the countryside and progress towards a national art... We should excel in landscapes, exactly as the French do". He died in 1970. The stamp shows a landscape painted by Fortin in 1937, titled "At Baie Saint-Paul". The painting is in the collection of the Musée du Québec. Pierre Fontaine prepared the type format for the Fortin stamp.
Reference
Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1981.
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