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Caseine  

In 1949, Fortin discovers a new product, casein, a type of gouache with a milk base, (casei). Fortin is very enthusiastic about this new medium. He works a lot during these years in his studio in Sainte-Rose. Inspired by his watercolours, he experiments with this new product on panels.

The thing which dazzles the artist is the mat effect he obtains with casein which has no transparency at all unlike watercolour. He makes up his whites himself. He buys boxes of powdered milk and mixes up the powder in water. This creates a dense and thick mixture which Fortin finds perfect for rendering clouds.

chantier maritime
c.1952
Caséine sur panneau
78 cm x 130 cm

 

Pastel

Ce qui semble fasciner davantage Fortin dans la caséine, c'est la matité de la matière, et c'est probablement pour rechercher des effets semblables qu'il a fait quelques gouaches et quelques pastels sur bois ou sur papier très rude, à l'époque des caséines, soit entre 1949 et 1955

On connaît vraiment peu de pastels de Fortin.

la mère et l'enfant
c.1938
66 cm x 48 cm

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