Saturday, March 10, 2012

A History of 'Genuine Morrisseau'

On 7 March, 2008, Paul Robinson started a blog called Genuine Morrisseau From KRG in an effort to refute the misinformation that has been circulating on the Internet since 2007. Paul established KRG’s blog in order to inform the public, and in particular KRG’s clientele, of the continuing discussion concerning the authenticity of Norval Morrisseau art. On 18 June, 2009, Paul suspended the blog in order to concentrate his efforts on the emerging micro-blogging site, Twitter. By 18 September, 2010, Paul resumed the blog as he became increasingly aware that the concerted campaign of misinformation was not going away.

So, let's continue to separate fact from fiction: On one side, you have the artist, Norval Morrisseau, who said, "I, Norval Morrisseau, did not paint the picture shown in the photograph" after he was shown a reproduction of an alleged Morrisseau on 18 October, 2004 at his Toronto hotel. Then you have the artist's dealer, Don Robinson, having handled well over 1,000 authentic Norval Morrisseaus acquired directly from the artist over 18 years, who said that various alleged Morrisseaus were "not painted by Norval Morrisseau's hand" in 4 separate expert reports that were relied upon by the Courts.

On the other side, you have a document examiner, with impressive credentials yet no fine art experience, who said, "In my opinion there is strong support for the view that the author of the K1-K13 specimen material wrote the questioned signatures on Q1-Q3". However, he qualifies his statement by saying, "The absence of specimen signatures executed with a brush and paint has limited the scope of this examination".

Now, uh, who are you going to believe?
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