Saturday, October 1, 2011

Morrisseau's Painting Bear Cubs Checking It Out

Bear Cubs Checking It Out, 1991 [SOLD]
Acrylic on canvas, 25x56in, 63.5x142.24cm
This playful Morrisseau instantly brings a smile to the viewer. Quite simply, it's a depiction of the iconic twin bears—a lively-feeling snapshot from nature. At a deeper level, the twinning of the bear cubs is symbolic of the duality the artist saw in life. The bear cubs are the natural cousins, or siblings if you will, to mankind. By using harmonious colours and careful composition, Morrisseau kept the painting's spirit alive for the viewer, never losing sight of the underlying strength of his subject matter.
Collection of Neil Doherty by bequest
Collection of Lynne Sullivan, Toronto
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
Acquired from the artist
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