Sunday, November 28, 2010

Distinguishing Morrisseau Paintings and the Imitations

Professor James Z. Wang (College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University) published an informative research paper on digital painting analysis on August 15, 2009. The following is taken from the Abstract: The technique has been applied to the paintings of renowned aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau. Through computerized analysis of his authentic works and the imitations, it is revealed that the curves in his authentic paintings exhibit his commanding painting skills. The smooth and steady flow of the curves show less hesitancy of the artist [Morrisseau] than the authors of counterfeit works. The paper is titled: Characterizing Elegance of Curves Computationally for Distinguishing Morrisseau Paintings and the Imitations. Read the PDF here.

Wang was featured in NOVA scienceNOW (Art Authentication, seasons 3 and 4). He contributed to developing new computerized methods to help detect fake Van Goghs by analyzing the characteristics of brushstrokes. He was successful in determining the fake version of the painting from the original.

Regrettably, Wang and others have been quieted by threat of lawsuits in a concerted effort to suppress the truth about the lack of genuineness or authenticity of purported Morrisseau works.
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1 comment:

  1. Perhaps not as widely known: conservators at The Canadian Conservation Institute are also playing a role in the scientific analysis of Morrisseau works.

    For example, occurrences of titanium white (developed in the first part of the 20th century) in works of art were tabulated as identified in paintings by Norval Morrisseau. These chronological results are available for use in future authentication studies.


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