A true virtuoso and inimitable colourist, Fortin carved out a unique and enviable place for himself among the greatest of the postwar landscape painters. In 1939, the artist took part in the New York World’s Fair, where he received the bronze medal for his painting March Snow. In 1942, he was elected an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Fortin’s work was the subject of a few retrospectives during his lifetime: at the Musée du Québec, in 1944, and, in 1964, at the National Gallery of Canada, which subsequently toured to Montreal and Quebec City. Fortin died in 1970 at the Macamic Sanatorium in Abitibi, blind and a double‑leg amputee.