Thursday, September 29, 2011

Counterfeit Warning

Internet users are advised that many paintings sold online and identified as Norval Morrisseau, may in fact be counterfeit, misattributed, or of doubtful origin. A word to the wise: "Certificates of Authenticity" are easily printable and mean nothing if not backed by a reputable dealer. A good provenance can help to establish authenticity, art-historical importance and title. Since Internet sellers are liable for the authenticity of the artwork sold and for conveying good title, buyers must ultimately rely on the honesty and knowledge of the individual seller. Read more »
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Morrisseau's Painting Surprise

Surprise, 1989 [SOLD]
Acrylic on canvas, 30x48in, 76.2x121.92cm
Painted while Norval Morrisseau lived in the A-frame house at Aldergrove, BC on the Coghlan Art Studio property, July 1989. Often Norval would paint outside in the sunshine on the back deck and, to his delight, the birds would come to visit him.
Provenance:
Private Collection, Downers Grove, IL
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
The Art Emporium Inc, Seattle, WA
Acquired from the artist
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Norval Morrisseau - Dateline 1962

1962 proved to be a pivotal year for Norval Morrisseau$900 from Senator Grosart freed Norval from financial constraint so that he could paint all summer long. Then he met Jack Pollock who immediately offered him a solo show which subsequently "sold out" within a matter of days. Nancy Robinson and her mother Edna Fulford knew Norval Morrisseau personally and supported his artistic endeavors during his early years. This photo of Norval Morrisseau was taken by Nancy just outside Beardmore, Ontario in August 1962. “I went out to Norval's home with Jack [Pollock] and one or two newspaper reporters and some others,” said Nancy. “I took this photo with my camera while the reporters took theirs.” Edna Fulford ran the lumber yard and hardware store after her second husband, Earl, died and Norval sometimes bought painting supplies from her according to her daughter. Original photo donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Nancy Robinson in memory of her mother Edna Fulford (nĂ©e Jackson), 2008.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

When Jack Met Norval

During the summer of '62, Jack Pollock - artist and owner of The Pollock Gallery, Toronto - toured Northern Ontario giving week-long lessons in oil painting. Two ladies from the Beardmore Art Club took his course at Quetico Park.  When Jack said he had an extra week with no commitments, they invited him to Beardmore. That's how I came to take a week-long session in oil painting with Jack at the Beardmore Elementary School in Aug 1962.

My mother belonged to the Beardmore Art Club and sold the painting supplies for the group in her hardware store.  Norval Morrisseau came in often, she told me later, to buy supplies and had asked her and her manager, Jerome Faubert, if they thought his paintings were any good.  My mother didn't know, but when Jack came to Beardmore, she said she told Norval to take his paintings to the school to show him.



A meeting was arranged around the mid-point of Jack's stay in Beardmore.  I was standing beside Pollock when he first laid eyes on one of Norval Morrisseau's paintings - I heard a sharp intake of breath. I looked at Jack - he was speechless.  Then he said, without hesitation, "I'm going to have a show."

My mother bought two paintings from Morrisseau that fall as they were loading up a truck to go to Toronto for the exhibition.  She was rather backward in this kind of thing but she said, "Everyone was buying them." She liked these two, which she had framed and hung in her various living rooms until the end of her life. 

- Nancy Robinson, Sep 2011
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