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LOT 65

Lot 65


Lot 65 Details
NORVAL H. MORRISSEAU (1932-2007), Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)


acrylic on artist board
signed in syllabics; titled and dated to gallery labels on the reverse
33.25 ins x 32.25 ins; 84.5 cms x 81.9 cms

Estimate $15,000-$20,000

Realised: $12,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

Additional Images
  • NORVAL H. MORRISSEAU (1932-2007)
  • NORVAL H. MORRISSEAU (1932-2007)
  • NORVAL H. MORRISSEAU (1932-2007)

Acquired directly from the artist;
Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto, ON;
Gallery Gevik, Toronto, ON;
Private collection, Ontario


Morrisseau at his technical finest, Quail Family showcases crisp, well-executed lines combined with the artist’s preference for a balanced composition. The more subtle, earthy palette is in line with the artist’s work from the late 1950s through to the early 1970s, and perfectly captures the bond between a mother and her young.

Animals in the painting exhibit x-ray-like features, and as in lot 64 show the artist’s use of wiry fine lines to connect elements in the composition. Both characteristics are strongly associated with spiritual power in historic Woodlands art. Sometimes called ‘powerlines’, undulating incised cuts found in Great Lakes war clubs and other ritual objects often show the Manitou, the Thunderbird, transferring power to a recipient. In Morrisseau’s work powerlines mark relationships, often forming closed loops. They are sometimes said to be the essential element of his images, Morrisseau’s perception of the quality of interdependence.

Lister Sinclair and Jack Pollock, The Art of Norval Morrisseau (Toronto: Methuen, 1979), 53.


Crease at bottom right corner. Very light accretion at top right corner. Overall very good condition. Note that this painting has not been removed from its housing for inspection.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

LOT 65

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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