Medium: Serigraph on paper (S: 1∙Re∙Tpm∙Tpp∙Tse)
Edition size: Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tpw∙Tse)
Artist Proof: Unknown
Paper size: Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tse∙Tm)
Image size: Known (S: 1∙Re∙Tse∙Tm)
Year: Unknown (estimate ca 1975) (note 1)
Printmaker: Great Grasslands Graphics Company (S: 1∙Re∙Tpe)
General: `Any man who is attched to sence’s (sic) and desires and richs (sic) of this world is like a man who is being devoured by serpents who represents (sic) his own passion and desires`.
Norval Morrisseau on Man and snakes (see remark)
`…[Self-Portrait. Devoured by His Own Passions] showing the artist constant struggle with his own emotions. It is belived that the serpents symbolize duality – good and evil. Five is a magic number often found in Ojibway legends and represents the five basic senses of man`.
Lister Sinclair & Jack Pollock in The Art of Norval Morrisseau (page 113), 1979, see literature.
`In Self-Portrait, Devoured by His Own Passions, painted in Vancouver last summer, he deals with moralistic Christian guilt over yielding to the pleasures of the world, including masturbation, depicted as an arm that becomes a snake attacking his heart`.
Jon Anderson in Fierce Clarity and Sophistication (Time Magazine, Canadian Edition, page 10), 1975, see literature. Article reprinted in Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists: the Red Lake Years 1959-1980 (page 187), 2008.
Made after the 1974 original acrylic on canvas (68 x 57 inches), see literature.
Similar images exist, like Man and Snake, ca 1965 (see page 63 of Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of The Image Makers, by McLuhan, E., & Hill, T , 1984), or Self-Portrait, Devoured by His Own Demons, 1964 (see page 121 of Norval Morrisseau, Shaman Artist by Hill, G , 2006).
1) Year not readable in embossing. Original acrilic is from 1974. I have seen no print from Great Grasslands Graphics Company later than 1979, so this print is likely made between 1974-1979.
– Page 113 (original acrylic on Canvas); Sinclair, L., & Pollock, J. (1979). The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Toronto, New York, London, Sydney: Methuen.
– Page 10 (original acrylic on Canvas); Anderson, J. (August 25th, 1975). Fierce Clarity and Sophistication. Time Magazine (Canadian Edition).
– Existance of Artist Proof(s)
– Confirmation paper size, image size and edition size
– Exact year of print
– Literature (official statements in books, magazines, exhibits, original
– Additional info or reference material