Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Distinguishing Norval Morrisseau Paintings

Professor James Z. Wang (College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University) published an informative research paper on digital painting analysis on 15 August, 2009. The following is taken from the Abstract: "The technique has been applied to the paintings of renowned aboriginal Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau. Through computerized analysis of his authentic works and the imitations, it is revealed that the curves in his authentic paintings exhibit his commanding painting skills." Wang's conclusion noted, "It is found that Morrisseau’s paintings consistently demonstrate higher level of steadiness and coherence in curves." 

Wang was featured on NOVA ScienceNow (Art Authentication, season 3 & 4). He contributed to developing new computerized methods to help detect fake Van Goghs by analyzing the characteristics of brushstrokes. He was successful in determining the fake version of the painting from the original.Prof. Wang Study Twitter | kinsmanrobinson.com