Emily Carr Biography and Artwork

Emily Carr was a preeminent Canadian painter of the first half of the 20th century, born on December 13th, 1871. Her art style was influenced by the Post-Impressionism and Fauvism movements, which she studied under when she lived in France. One notable achievement is organizing an exhibition of seventy watercolour and oil paintings that represented her time studying in France.

Carr was known for her expressive landscape paintings of western coast Indians and their cultures. She was considered a pioneer in Modernist and Post-Impressionist styles of painting in Canada and part of the Group of Seven — a renowned community of Canadian artists that helped contribute to the emergence of a distinct Canadian identity through their artwork.

Despite being overlooked until later in life, Carr’s work has ultimately received recognition worldwide due to its brilliant depiction of indigenous people’s culture, nature’s beauty, spirit, and ceremony.

Carr passed away on March 2nd, 1945 at Victoria. Though gone from the physical world for many decades now, Emily Carr continues to make an impact today as her legacy lives on through her breathtaking art pieces showcased at various museums all over Canada.

All Emily Carr Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Self-portrait 1939 Oil on wove paper, mounted on plywood
A Rushing Sea of Undergrowth 1935 Oil on Canvas
Indian Church 1929 Oil on Canvas
Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky 1935 Oil on Canvas
Forest c. 1940 Oil on paper
Old Tree at Dusk c. 1936 Oil on Canvas
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