Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird by Armand Garnet Ruffo

By Armand Garnet Ruffo

Norval Morrisseau (1932–2007), Ojibway shaman-artist, drew his first sketches at age six within the sand at the beaches of Lake Nipigon. by means of the tip of his tumultuous lifestyles, the prolific self-taught artist used to be sought by way of creditors and imitated through forgers. Critics, paintings historians and curators alike contemplate him essentially the most cutting edge artists of the 20th century. Norval Morrisseau: guy becoming Thunderbird is an leading edge and wealthy biography of this charismatic and determine. Drawing upon years of in depth examine, together with interviews with Morrisseau himself, Armand Ruffo conjures up the artist’s lifestyles from early life to dying, in all its bright triumphs and tragedies. Ruffo attracts upon his personal Ojibway background and reports to supply perception into Morrisseau’s existence and iconography from an Ojibway standpoint. attractive and readable, this can be a brilliantly inventive evocation of the paintings and lifetime of Norval Morrisseau, a lifestyles indelibly tied to art.

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