Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are No Hoax

Originally published on 2/1/13. The artist Norval Morrisseau made clear his disapproval at the behaviour of numerous art galleries and auction houses regarding fakes, forgeries, breaches of copyright and moral rights in numerous letters, e-mails and affidavits—some dating back to 1993—sent out years before he succumbed to the ravages of Parkinson's disease. Some were as simple as a handwritten note on hotel stationary stating, "I Norval Morrisseau did not paint the picture shown in the photograph" (signed and dated 2004—pictured above). Many of the recipients simply ignored Norval Morrisseau's requests.

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6 comments:

  1. Does not look like his hand writing. I could be wrong.

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    1. Morrisseau's caregiver drafted the note which was subsequently signed by Norval Morrisseau.

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    2. It looks like he was coached. I don't think that he was in his rite mind in 2004, although the signature resembles his BDP on many canvas even though he must of took him a while to sign that certificate with the tremor shake that Parkinson causes, it seems to me someone had started this hoax so they can sell there own work of arts. Why would anyone would want to write in the back of the canvas to leave evidence of someone else, when the front native signature would be enough to pass for authentic, that is all that needs not more evidence of alphabet that someone else did.

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  2. Your conclusions are not evidence-based. For the most part, these declarations were witnessed by two separate lawyers: C. Purves, Esq., and S. Stevens, Esq. and a medical doctor attested to Morrisseau's mental capacity. IMO, the bogus dry-brush signatures were added to deliberately mislead consumers into believing that they were getting the genuine article. Norval Morrisseau grew angrier the longer the fraud was perpetuated.

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    1. I been studying the signature and the written words on all I can find about him and it sure looks like his making if not his then the forger is not only good in copying art but also in writing. With no disrespect but Lawyers and Doctors work for who had hired them.

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  3. Much has been said and written about forensic analyses. Recently, a New York trial court held that handwriting expert testimony was not ‘scientific’. Nonscientific experts are 'experientially qualified’ — that is to say, their experience largely is their expertise. Yet few ‘experts’ have ever witnessed Norval Morrisseau draw, paint or sign anything.

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