Saturday, June 25, 2011

Morrisseau Signature Reference

KRG has built the case—beyond opinion alone—towards confirming and securing the authentication of Norval Morrisseau's art. Here's an example of Norval Morrisseau's genuine signature as it appears in a detail from the original painting, A Separate Reality. While Norval Morrisseau rarely dated or initialed the front (or back) of his canvases, this painting is an exception. By far, the vast majority of authentic Morrisseaus are signed only with Norval Morrisseau's Indian given name in Ojibwe syllabics. Morrisseau may have titled the back of a canvas or paper—typically in graphite—in a unique combination of upper and lowercase cursive script, complete with misspellings. There is a tremendous market for anything Morrisseau produced precisely because he became so popular, which didn't go unnoticed by the forgers. In an effort to curb the proliferation of fakes, Norval Morrisseau himself identified numerous forgeries in the final years of his life which he documented in various written statements. Furthermore, computerized analysis revealed that Morrisseau's authentic paintings "exhibit his commanding painting skills" and consistently demonstrate higher levels of "steadiness and coherence in curves."
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