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- - "Thunder Spirit, acrylic on canvas, 56"x31", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau /Click on image to Enlarge/-
"Thunder Spirit, /signature detail/, 56"x31", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau /Click on image to Enlarge/
Ref. Norval Morrisseau's authorized signature stamp from limited edition hand-pulled silkscreen prints that were published exclusively for IKEA Canada, Courtesy Kinsman Robinson Galleries (click HERE for more information). /Click on image to Enlarge/
"Thunder Spirit, /signature detail/, from print (serigraph) presented below, Edition: 78, paper size: 22.5"x15", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau, Courtesy Triple K Cooperative Inc. /Click on image to Enlarge/
> The above image of an original Norval Morrisseau's painting was previously part of Mr. Rolf Schneider's Private Collection, (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
"Thunder Spirit", print (serigraph), Edition: 78, paper size: 22.5"x15", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau, Courtesy Triple K Cooperative Inc. /Click on image to Enlarge/
> The above presented image of an original Norval Morrisseau's print (serigraph) was originally published on page 174 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./
>>> BLOG MASTER'S COMMENTS:
1) We can clearly see that both the painting and print were titled the same ('Thunder Spirit') and painted/printed the same year. Also, they have been executed with identical composition and colour combination. This confirms, more than once in the presentations on this blog, that Norval Morrisseau repeated many times his images. In this particular case there is possibility that painting on canvas was used by Norval Morrisseau and the Triple K Cooperative Inc. to produce the above presented print?
It is important to mention the significance of the inscription in the bottom left corner of the painting on canvas (I/1). If the paintings on canvas and/or paper were from a series of paintings that represented one piece of art Norval Morrisseau would mark it in this fashion 1-4, 2-4, 3-4, 4-4. At times he would label them as 1 OF 2, 2 OF 2. If the painting was from a series of the same theme he would mark on the back of the canvas and/or paper in Roman numerals e.g. “IV” which in this case represented painting No.4 from the series (click HERE for information about some of the other Norval Morrisseau's painting habits). Due to the fact that this is the only canvas that I saw having such an inscription on the front or back of the canvas in 10 years of Norval Morrisseau's art collecting I would consider it very rare and it could have meant that he intended it for a print production? That is an assumption that will be very difficult to prove.
This also undeniably proves that there is a connection between "Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau" and "Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau" paintings (click HERE to see both of these images side by side).
2) All of the paintings presented in "The Writing On The Wall... Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Exposed" (click HERE) were also acquired directly from Mr. Rolf Schneider, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
3) The Thunder Bay Art Gallery 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.
Also, Mr. Joseph Otavnik Family donated four paintings in 2004 to the same institution:
1) 'Untitled' [animal spirits facing inward] (Item: 04.7.1) > 73 cm x 56 cm > 1970; 2) 'Untitled' [two shaman and animal spirits in cameo] (Item: 04.7.2) > 72 cm x 85 cm > 1979; 3) Lake Trout with Eggs (Item: 04.7.3) > 114 cm x 80 cm > 1973 & 4) 'Untitled' [fish with minnows] (Item: 04.7.4) > 73 cm x 50 cm > 1976.
All of these paintings are declared authentic by Mr. Glenn Allison* who - Curator of The Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
* - Mr. Glenn Allison began his career as Research Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, working with Doris Shadboft from 1968-1972. His experience of more than thirty years includes management of the Bau-Xi Galleries on the west coast of Canada; Instructor of Art History for Columbia Junior College and Capilano College; instructor for the British Columbia Museums Association; instructor for the Association of Manitoba Museums; instructor for Brandon University, Manitoba; Director-Curator of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon 1989-1999; Director Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo 2000-2003.
>>> ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:-
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' again 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 when I originally introduced Mr. Rolf Schneider I introduced 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 introduced who sold many paintings that originated from the same source was Darcy Boylan (also deceased) from Thunder Bay, Ontario.
> 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 ('Randy Potter Estate Auctions') namely to Mr. Randy Potter (co-owner/auctioneer).-
> 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).
> Also, my first Norval Morrisseau's painting was purchased in Winter 1999-2000 from Mr. Anthony Martinenko who acquired it from Mr. Rolf Schneider (click HERE)!
>>> INVITATION TO ALL READERS:
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.
>>> Reference posts:
~ The painting on canvas in this post: "Thunder Spirit, 56"x31", © 1978 Norval Morrisseau /Private Collection/