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 (née Jackson), 2008.
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