Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau

Man Changing Into Thunderbird

Book - 2014
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A biography of Aboriginal Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC :, Douglas & McIntyre,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: 759.11 MOR NVD
Characteristics: 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Dec 20, 2017

This unvarnished portrait of of one of Canada’s most brilliant painters is highly recommended for art lovers or anyone with an interest in Indigenous culture. From his first solo show in 1962 to his triumphant exhibition at Canada’s National Gallery in 2006, Morrisseau remains misunderstood and grossly underrated. Forget the dismissive “primitive” label, Morrisseau was the only Canadian painter invited to show in Paris during celebrations of the French Bicentennial, where he was hailed as “The Picasso of the north”, and the only Canadian to develop an art movement, the Woodlands School. His bold, almost luminescent paintings, based on Anishnaabe legend, ancient pictographs, Catholic and New Age beliefs are often overshadowed by tabloid style tales of his personal struggles. Somewhere in the future Morrisseau, like Van Gogh, Pollock, de Kooning or other volatile artists, will judged on his creative genius alone. Until then, we can continue to savour our rich inheritance from the Copper Thunderbird.

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