Emily Carr

Emily Carr (1871 - 1945)

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Emily Carr
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canadamap
Died in Victoria, British Columbia, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Feb 2015
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Categories: Persons of National Historic Significance | British Columbia Artists | Victoria, British Columbia.


Emily Carr is/was a significant British Columbian.
Emily Carr was an acclaimed Canadian painter of the first half of the twentieth century. Her father, Richard Carr, owned a successful wholesale firm and commission agency in Victoria, British Columbia. Emily grew up in the small provincial capital. At eighteen, after her parents died, she attended the California School of Design in San Francisco. From 1899 to 1904, she lived in England, where she attended the Westminster School of Art, and in 1910 she studied in Paris.[1]

On her return to Victoria in 1912, Emily began documenting the material culture of British Columbia's First Nations in her work. That summer she travelled north to Haida Gwaii and spent six weeks sketching and painting totem poles, houses and masks. The coastal rainforests provided material for a second lifelong theme of her painting career. [2] Her biographer, Maria Tippett, wrote: "Emily Carr's perception of our forest landscape has implanted itself in the imagination of British Columbians. Indeed, all Canadians who have seen her work will have had their impressions of the B.C. forest and the natives who inhabited it influenced by her vision."[3]

At the first exhibit of Emily Carr's paintings in London, England, in 2014, Laura Cumming of the Guardian said, "If ever there was a heroine of true grit in the history of art it was Emily Carr, a painter of such singular strength and beauty it is almost impossible to believe that the revelatory exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery is her first in this country. Carr’s landscapes of the high skies, wild bays and deep forests of the Pacific west coast of Canada – whispering with sound, radiant with inner movement and mysterious light – are as exhilarating as the places they represent."[4]


  1. Canadian Encylopedia
  2. Canadian Encylopedia
  3. Tippett, Maria. Emily Carr: A Biography. Toronto: Stoddart, 1979.p. xvi
  4. The Guardian, November 2, 2014

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Emily Carr, self-portrait
Emily Carr, self-portrait

Childhood home of Emily Carr
Childhood home of Emily Carr


On 28 Mar 2015 at 19:49 GMT Laurie Cruthers wrote:

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