Synopses & Reviews
Few Canadian artists are as revered as Emily Carr. Born in 1871, she grew up in a socially conservative environment, away from the major art centers. Critics at the time considered her early paintings accurate and skilled but lacking energy and depth of feeling. Against the odds, Emily Carr found success at the age of 57 when she was embraced by the Group of Seven. Her later works earned her status as 'an artist of stunning originality and strength': a woman who succeeded in a largely male world. She brought the power and beauty of coastal rainforests, and respectful glimpses of First Nations culture, to galleries in Toronto, New York and beyond. Nearly 70 years after her death, this collection of beautifully reproduced art showcases the breadth of Carr's career. It is a perfect introduction to her work and a lovely gift for Carr aficionados.
Few Canadian artists are as revered as Emily Carr. Born in Victoria in 1871, she grew up in a socially conservative environment, away from the major art centres where ideas were debated and creativity often emerged. Though she travelled to England and France to study with many acclaimed painters, she struggled to find her own style and the inspiration for her work. Critics at the time considered her early paintings accurate and skilled but lacking the energy and depth of feeling for which she is now so well known.
Against the odds, Emily Carr found success at the age of 57 when she met Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven, painters who embraced her vision and whose landscapes resonated with her own love of the land. Her later works earned her status as "an artist of stunning originality and strength," whose art bridges many traditional divides: a woman who succeeded in a largely male world; a West Coaster who brought the power and beauty of coastal rainforests to galleries in Toronto, New York and beyond; and a White person who respectfully captured glimpses of First Nations culture.
Nearly 70 years after her death, Carr's modernist, post-impressionist pieces continue to capture the grandeur of British Columbia's landscape and define our vision of the nation. The 100 or so works beautifully reproduced in this book showcase the breadth of Carr's career, from early watercolours in Skidegate and Alert Bay on the Northwest Coast to charcoal sketches in mid-career to the stunning oils of trees, ravens and mountains that characterized her later career.
About the Author
Ian M. Thom
is a Senior Curator-Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Involved in Canadian art museums for more than thirty years, he has also held senior curatorial positions at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has organized more than one hundred exhibitions and written numerous articles and authored or co-authored many books, including Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn
, Andy Warhol: Images
, Art BC
, E.J. Hughes
, Takao Tanabe
, B.C. Binning
, Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon
and Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast
. He lives in Vancouver, BC.