Friday, March 27, 2009

Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part I)

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- - "Shaman Takes Form of Spirit",
acrylic on canvas, 85"x70", © 1970 Norval Morrisseau

> The above image of an original Norval Morrisseau's painting was previously part of Mr. Rolf Schneider's Private Collection
--(Thunder Bay, Ontario) /Click on image to Enlarge/

---NOTE: The image is distorted due to improper picture taking!


"Ojibway Shaman Takes Form of Water Spirit",
acrylic on coloured matt board, 16"x14", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau

> The above presented image of an original Norval Morrisseau's painting was originally published on page 160 of THE ART OF NORVAL MORRISSEAU ('Jack Pollock's Book') /Lister Sinclair, Jack Pollock, and Norval Morrisseau/; ISBN: 0-458-93820-3 /Toronto, Ontario: Methuen, 1979./ Collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Previously National Museum of Man) /Click on image to Enlarge/-
>>> Mr. Bryant Ross, who is the gallery director of the Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery, said: "the fact is that none of these 'questionable' paintings has surfaced that has provenance back to the Pollock Gallery. It is odd that none have had a Pollock Gallery sticker on it. The Pollock Gallery was Morrisseau’s main dealer at that time but none of the paintings that went through there were of the style of the paintings in question. “The Art Of Norval Morrisseau”, by Jack Pollock and Lister Sinclair, the definitive book on Morrisseau’s work from the 70’s does not contain one piece in the 'questionable' style." (click HERE to read this full comment by Mr. Bryant Ross in its original context).

It is interesting that Mr. Bryant Ross considers 'questionable' works as qenerally dark and ugly and that you do not need to be an expert to pick out these 'abominations' (the adjective Norval Morrisseau used for them, according to Mr. Bryant Ross). He also states that they do not show the colour palette of a master painter like Norval Morrisseau and at his website (go to the 'The Morrisseau Chronicles' > 'Question of Authenticity') he directs readers to visit for comparison between 'questionable' and authentic works of Norval Morrisseau.


Due to the fact that Mr. Rolf Schneider's name has been mentioned several times on the internet in not very respectful way I decided to 'speak up' and defend his name and his involvment with issues in connection with authentic Norval Morrisseau's art pieces that came from his private collection at one time or another. At the same time I am introducing individual that was selling paintings that originated from Mr. Rolf Schneider's collection - Mr. Anthony (Tony) Martinenko; art dealer from Winnipeg, Manitoba; who is an important element in describing many of the issues involving Norval Morrisseau's art that have been offered for sale all across Canada in the past decade. He took over art dealing activities from Alan (Al) R. Swanson (08/10/1947-11/05/1998) who dealt with paintings from Mr. Rolf Schneider's collection. Another individual who sold many paintings that originated from the same source was Darcy Boylan (also deceased) from Thunder Bay, Ontario.


The painting that was in Mr. Rolf Schneider's private collection had been better executed and was done in a much larger scale than the painting that is currently in the collection at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and painted on coloured matt board. Both paintings have similar titles 'Shaman Takes Form of Spirit' vs. 'Ojibway Shaman Takes Form of Water Spirit'. The painting from Mr. Rolf Schneider's collection was executed eight years earlier in 1970 vs. 1978. Mr. Schneider's painting was done by Norval Morrisseau in 1970 and was duplicated in theme and structure by Norval Morrisseau 8 years later as presented in 'Jack Pollock's Book'!

Note also that Norval Morrisseau signed in Cree syllabics and in English the canvas and dated it on front as well (signature matches signing style as per commissioned report on the signatures in English 'Norval Morrisseau' found on the front and back of other paintings by The Document Examination Consultants Inc.). He also painted the copyright symbol © on the front of the canvas as well.

The title - SHAMAN TAKES FORM FROM SPIRIT - was done in a typical way that he would sign paintings from the 1970's and other decades by drawing a dash before and after the title as per explanation in the posting Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part I) on this blog.

As we can see both of the paintings above are executed in almost identical composition which proves , more than once in the presentations on this blog, that Norval Morrisseau repeated many times his images. Quite contrary, Mr. Bryant Ross of the "Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery" stated that Norval Morrisseau never copied (repeated) his images.


Mr. Rolf Schneider acquired paintings for his collection from different sources one of which was Mr. David Voss who also supplied paintings for the Kahn Auction (currently 'Randy Potter Estate Auctions').

Mr. Schneider's collection was one of the major sources of Norval Morrisseau's paintings that were supplied to different galleries all across Canada by Mr. Anthony Martinenko who supplied paintings even to Coghlan Art Studio & Gallery, Aldergrove, BC for many years (click HERE, HERE & HERE). Among other galleries Mr. Anthony Martinenko was supplying Norval Morrisseau's paintings to Maslak McCleod Gallery, Toronto, Ontario and Bearclaw Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

My first Norval Morrisseau's painting was purchased from Mr. Anthony Martinenko who acquired it from Mr. Schneider (click HERE).

'Grandfather Speaks of Great Ancestral Warrior' - 1977 (click HERE) came from Mr. Rolf Schneider's collection. This magnificent painting has been blatantly labelled as a fake by Mr. Gabe Vadas (click HERE) and 'Wikipedia' (click HERE). Mr. Jonathan Browne who is a current owner of the painting in question started a website because he felt that gallery which sold him the painting witheld vital information concerning the provenance of the art piece which he beleived was not particularly ethical (click HERE for detailed explanation). Unfortunately Mr. Jonathan Browne's website is making more harm than good to the Norval Morrisseau's art market but I do appreciate his concerns regarding the matter.

All of the paintings presented in "The Writing On The Wall... Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Exposed" (click HERE) were acquired directly from Mr. Rolf Schneider, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Mr. Anthony Martinenko was also seen selling Norval Morrisseau's paintings on 'eBay' that he acquired directly from Mr. Schneider (click HERE).

It is worth mentioning the Thunder Bay Art Gallery which holds among the other art pieces from the Helen E. Bend Collection had received in 2002 a donation of an oil painting on natural birch bark 'After Spirit of the Fourth' (Item: 02.3.1) > 24.8 cm x 26.2 cm > 1958 which was directly donated from Mr. Rolf Schnieder's Private Collection.


There are many of you who possess important valuable information such as paintings, photographs and other printed/written materials which will greatly assist our common goal. I urge you to provide this information to me for public record. Norval Morrisseau has become one of Canada's greatest all time artists and is recognized for his importance Worldwide.
Your assistance is needed now! Your actions will greatly benefit your art as an investment and safeguard Norval Morrisseau's Legacy.

Spirit Walker

>>> Reference postings:

- Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
- Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part II),
- Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part III),
- Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part IV),
- Norval Morrisseau Comparison Report (Part I) /Separated at Birth?/,
- Norval Morrisseau Comparison Report (Part I) /Revisited/,
- Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part I),
- Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part II),
Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part III),

- "The Writing On The Wall... Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Exposed",
- &
- Justice for Norval Morrisseau Found. -

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