Few artists impress us equally with their paintings and paragraphs. Van Gogh was one, Emily Carr another. During her life she struggled for acceptance, but her vision of Canada is now iconic. Read and download the online art book here: http://www.aci-iac.ca/emily-carr
Emily Carr’s father encouraged her independence and spirit. At the same time his authoritarianism and sternness led to her early sense of alienation and rebellion. Studio portrait of Carr’s parents, Emily Carr (née Saunders) and Richard Carr, c.
In 1927 Emily Carr visited with all members of the Group of Seven, who welcomed her into their studios. At the conclusion of the visit Lawren Harris told her, “You are one of us.” Arthur Lismer, “Emily Carr and the Group of Seven,” c. 1927, McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
From Emily Carr studied in France, learning new expressive styles like Fauvism. One of her teachers was John Duncan Fergusson with whom Carr exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in Paris. “People and Sails at Royan,” Fergusson Gallery.
During her hospitalization in 1903 Emily Carr was unable to paint, but her creative spirit led her to create a sketchbook, documenting her stay at the East Anglian Sanatorium. “Sketchbook for Pause; Rest,” page McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
“The house was large and well-built, of California redwood, the garden prim and carefully tended. Everything about it was extremely English.” – Emily Carr. The Carr family residence, with Richard, Emily (Saunders) Carr, and children assembled on the front porch, c. 1869.
In 1903 while studying painting in England, Emily Carr was hospitalized at the East Anglian Sanatorium where she stayed for the next eighteen months, diagnosed with hysteria. “Sketchbook for Pause; Rest,” page McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
“As the day of our departure from Sitka drew near, we betook ourselves to the Indian village, and procured a curio or two as mementos of our happy trip, and offerings for our friends. “Alaska Journal,” page private collection.