Tuesday, September 13, 2011
When Jack Met Norval
My mother belonged to the Beardmore Art Club and sold the painting supplies for the group in her hardware store. Norval Morrisseau came in often, she told me later, to buy supplies and had asked her and her manager, Jerome Faubert, if they thought his paintings were any good. My mother didn't know, but when Jack came to Beardmore, she said she told Norval to take his paintings to the school to show him.
A meeting was arranged around the mid-point of Jack's stay in Beardmore. I was standing beside Pollock when he first laid eyes on one of Norval Morrisseau's paintings - I heard a sharp intake of breath. I looked at Jack - he was speechless. Then he said, without hesitation, "I'm going to have a show."
My mother bought two paintings from Morrisseau that fall as they were loading up a truck to go to Toronto for the exhibition. She was rather backward in this kind of thing but she said, "Everyone was buying them." She liked these two, which she had framed and hung in her various living rooms until the end of her life. - Nancy Robinson, Sep 2011
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Posted by Principal Morrisseau dealer at 4:00 PM