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Norval Morrisseau

Untitled (Snake)


Norval Morrisseau
Fort William (now Thunder Bay) 1932 – Toronto 2007


Untitled (Snake)




Acrylic on leather


147 x 88.5 cm


Gift in honour of Dr. Allan MacDonald Torrie and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary, inv. 2010.1983


Quebec and Canadian Art

In its graphic strength, innovative reinterpretation of traditional Anishinaabe painting and economy of means, this depiction of a snake shows the refinement with which Morrisseau was able to interweave primitivism and modernity, absorbing idioms from the “official” art world while remaining an interpreter of his culture.

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