"He was a brilliant painter," Don Robinson, Morrisseau's principal art dealer in Toronto between 1989 and his death, said in an interview Thursday.
"This man is better recognized around the world than many Canadian artists," he added.
He recalled that Morrisseau instantly earned acclaim at his first art show in 1962 at the Jack Pollock gallery.
"He had almost overnight fame," he said, adding that Morrisseau's shows at Robinson's gallery repeatedly sold out.
Robinson's gallery, the Kinsman Robinson Galleries in Toronto, now run by his son Paul Robinson, has scheduled a 50-year retrospective of Morrisseau's work next September.
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