Saturday, December 4, 2010

In memoriam - Norval Morrisseau

Died in Toronto on December 4th 2007 from complications of Parkinson's. Born Jean-Baptiste Norman Henry Norval Morrisseau, C.M., LL.D., D.Litt., R.C.A., R.S.C., on March 14, 1932, the artist was quickly propelled into the spotlight with the instantaneous success of Jack Pollock's first sold-out exhibition in 1962.
TIME Magazine wrote, "Few exhibits in Canadian art history have touched off a greater immediate stir than Morriseau's. The Toronto critics approved unanimously and speculated that self-taught Morriseau may have launched a vogue as chic as that of the Cape Dorset Eskimo's prints."
Morrisseau would become one of the 20th century's leading Canadian icons whose symbols and enduring artworks have become synonymous with Canada's national identity. Norval was a friend—an artist who became a legend—forever missed, yet never forgotten.
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