Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau

Man Changing Into Thunderbird

eBook - 2014
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Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007), Ojibway shaman-artist, drew his first sketches at age six in the sand on the shores of Lake Nipigon. By the end of his tumultuous life, the prolific self-taught artist was sought by collectors and imitated by forgers. Critics, art historians and curators alike consider him one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century. Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird is an innovative and rich biography of this charismatic and troubled figure. Drawing upon years of extensive research, including interviews with Morrisseau himself, Armand Ruffo evokes the artist's life from childhood to death, in all its vivid triumphs and tragedies. Ruffo draws upon his own Ojibway heritage and experiences to provide insight into Morrisseau's life and iconography from an Ojibway perspective. Captivating and readable, this is a brilliantly creative evocation of the art and life of Norval Morrisseau, a life indelibly tied to art.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9781771620475
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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