Monday, July 11, 2011

Morrisseau Art Fraud Scheme

A large-scale art fraud scheme has cast a cloud over legitimate artworks by Norval Morrisseau. As Morrisseau himself became increasingly aware of the issue over the last decade of his life, he took decisive steps to tackle the problem. The artist identified specific forgeries and he mailed sworn declarations to known distributors. He created the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS) as the sole authority to catalogue his life's work. He designated art experts capable of authenticating his work. Morrisseau sought the advice of a top law firm in an effort to protect his rights. Epilogue: To this day, the Internet is rife with misinformation relating to Norval Morrisseau and his artwork. And the disinformation continues.
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