Norval Morrisseau: Life & Work by Carmen Robertson
Dubbed “Picasso of the North,” Morrisseau (1932–2007) developed the Woodland School of art. A renowned First Nations artist, he was the sole Canadian painter included in Centre Pompidou’s French Revolution Bicentennial. Read or download the online art book here: http://www.aci-iac.ca/norval-morrisseau
The black lines that would become hallmarks of Morrisseau’s style are visible here, though they are less intense than in later works. “Untitled (Thunderbird Transformation),” c. Canadian Museum of History.
This is one of approximately sixty drawings Norval Morrisseau completed while imprisoned in Kenora Jail for a short time in the early Morrisseau, “Transmigration of the Human Soul into Another Existence,”
Around 1958 Morrisseau met Susan Ross, a printmaker and painter from Thunder Bay who specialized in painting portraits of local Indigenous people in a Post-Impressionist style. Morrisseau, “Susan,” National Gallery of Canada.
Daphne Odjig founded the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. (PNIAI), which came to be known as the Indian Group of Seven, to promote and support Indigenous artists throughout Canada. Odjig, “So Great Was Their Love,” private collection.