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Fire in the Port of Montreal, c. 1928

Marc-Aurèle Fortin
Canadian, 1888 - 1970
oil on canvas
88.4 x 116.5 cm
Purchased 1961
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9536)
© Marc-Aurèle Fortin Foundation / SODRAC (2013)

Art has nothing to do with science or journalism - with facts or photos. Art is not - and should not be - useful to society, in any sense whatever! That is not to say that art has no value. It has the value possessed by anything that is beautiful, and everybody knows what that value is. A sunset is of no use to anybody. Bertram Brooker, "Art and Society," in Yearbook of the Arts in Canada, 1936

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