ArtworksNorman McLarenUntitled, 19601914-1987Sold
Inscriptionssigned and dated, ‘N McLaren 1960’ (lower left)
ProvenanceThe Estate of the late Grant Munro, MontrealThis is a rare opportunity to purchase a painting by McLaren. Norman McLaren (1914 - 1987) was an award winning artist, “a cinematic genius” (onf.gc.ca) in the art of animation who had an extraordinary career with the National Film Board of Canada. Much celebrated for his Academy Award in 1952 for Neighbours, a short film, an animated film using live actors.
In this Oscar winning documentary film, one of the two actors is Grant Munro, an artist in animation himself who enjoyed a stellar career with the NFB and in 1983 produced a documentary film on Norman McLaren.
Grant Munro (1923 - 2017)
National Film Board of Canada (NFB) commissioner Claude Jolicoeur spoke of Grant Munro to Fred Lanigan of the Toronto Globe and Mail. “Grant Munro was a Canadian animation legend…. part of the first generation of young animators that Norman McLaren hired, trained and worked with, as the NFB was starting up in the early 1940s.” . Langan continued writing that when McLaren was visiting the Ontario College of Art on a recruitment tour of art schools for his animation group at the NFB, Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael “insisted he meet Grant Munro.”  Quoting a colleague of Munro’s in McLaren’s animation department, “Norman saw something in Grant, and he went on to be his greatest collaborator.” 
1.Fred Langan, Animation legend Grant Munro left a mark on global industry. The Globe and Mail, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/animation-legend-grant-munro-left-mark-on-global-industry/article37449775/. Accessed 30/03/2022.
3. Ibid.2of 6