Saturday, April 5, 2014

E = Emily Carr - A to Z Blog Challenge 2014

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends

A glimpse of the ART world, in the manner of an alphabetical mini-art tour. ART focuses on artists and art movements between the 1850's - 1960's. There are exceptions.



Emily Carr as a young woman, PD*-WC


E = Emily Carr
1871 - 1945

Emily was a Canadian artist and writer inspired by the First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. She was one of the first painters in Canada to adopt the modernist and Post-Impressionist style of painting she learned while studying in France. Her painting matured as she did, shifting from aboriginal work to landscapes, especially forest scenes.

She wrote about life in British Columbia before many others did. Emily was an strong advocate of preserving aboriginal history in British Columbia and lectured about the history we would lose if we didn't curate the artifacts.


Emily's Art Study in Paris

In 1910, Emily went to study at the Academie Colarossi in Paris. She met and studied with several Post-Impressionists and Fauvists while in France, then returned to British Columbia, Canada to exhibit her French paintings. For the early part of her life, Emily's painting was not given due recognition.

In 1898, Carr had made the first of several sketching and painting trips to aboriginal villages, including Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island, not far from Tofino, B.C. In 1912, Carr visited the Queen Charlotte Islands and the Skeena River. She documented the art of several tribes there: She painted a carved raven that later inspired her iconic Big Raven painting.


Emily Carr, Kitwancool, 1928, PD*-WC


Emily also wrote about her early life in Victoria, B.C. and kept journals of her life as a painter. I've read these three books: Klee Wyck, The Book of Small, Hundreds and Thousands. Two of Emily's closest friends were her editor, Ira Dilworth and the artist, Lawren Harris. Harris, a Canadian painter from Ontario, is best known as a member of the Group of Seven (artists).

Carr suffered several heart attacks between 1937 and 1942.  On March 2, 1945, she suffered a fatal attack at the James Bay Inn in Victoria, BC, her hometown. Klee Wyck, published in 1941 with the help of her close friend and editor, was awarded the Governor-General's Award for non-fiction the same year.  The Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver, is named after this inspiring woman, artist and writer.

 
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Have you heard of Emily Carr? Would you have traveled to the remote areas and to fishing villages in Victorian times as Emily did?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and thanks for stopping by! I'll respond.

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Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on. Hope to see you again throughout the blogfest.




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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Carr Wiki on Emily Carr

https://www.emilycarr.com/about-emily-carr/ Emily Carr House and about the artist.

http://bcheritage.ca/emilycarrhomework/writing/byemily.htm Books by Emily Carr.

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Image Credits - Images 1 and 2: photo of Emily Carr, and photo of painting, Kitwancool

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29 comments:

  1. I had not heard of Emily Carr- an adventurous and inspiring lady. Given my propensity for trespassing and getting stuck in trees/fences/river mud, I think I would have embraced her lifestyle :-)
    Lisa at Wishbone Soup Cures Everything

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    1. As she would have loved that you were 'out in nature' enough to get stuck. She believed in her own abilities even when others didn't.

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  2. I have never heard of Emily Carr! Thanks for the education. :) Sounds like her journals would be interesting to read.

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    1. Her journals give a view of Victorian times in the rustic west of Canada. I discovered her as a new Canadian and was her fan from then on.

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  3. She sounds like she has an adventurous nature. She traveled from Canada to Paris at a young age. So many people would never have done that. Fear would have held them back. It aided her art and propelled her forward. Maybe the thing she learned was that she had to be brave and venture into unknown places if she wanted her art to be fresh, new, and/or inspired. it sounds like she was always interested in the aboriginal culture, so venturing to places that still harbored that was a natural fit for her. I think one of the most amazing things about her was that she succeeded as an artist and writer. That is quite the accomplishment!

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    1. She definitely did, Robin, you are so right about her being brave. When you read her books, you can tell she was strong minded from an early age. Thanks for such a thoughtful comment.

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  4. No, never heard of her. I do like that painting, though.

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    1. I like her painting too, I used to visit our main gallery downtown at lunchtime as they had the biggest collection of her work.

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  5. I heard of Emily through my research in art, and then you were so kind to send me her journal. It was wonderful getting to know an adventurous, perceptive spirit. Thanks again for that journal! :-)

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    1. I'm glad you have at least heard of her, Roland, although I admit I hadn't before I moved to British Columbia. I'm hoping to remedy that by this post. Every bit helps. I'll email you re the journal.

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  6. Learning so much from your posts and really enjoying them!

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    1. Glad I can entertain your imagination, Siv! Hubs suggested I use this theme. Good thing I listened this time. . .

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  7. I had never heard of her before, but I imagine her journals must be a fascinating glimpse into life at that time.

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    1. They are, Paula. I wouldn't want to have lived then, unless it was in Paris, but it was a time of invention and change.

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  8. Stopping by on the 5th day of the #atozchallenge while looking for fellow writers. Congratulations on your blog. I know you are going to make new blogging friends this month. I'm writing about gardening and related topics and having a wonderful time. If you have time or interest, come and visit.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Stepheny! I can't comment on Google+ blogs, but I did stop by to see your lovely banner.

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  9. I hadn't heard of her but what an interesting woman. I'm fairly certain I would not have been adventurous enough to travel to those remote areas.

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    1. I might have. Sometimes the chance is worth the sacrifice. (with a guide and a guard)

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  10. I have never heard of her and that seems to be a pity. So thank you, D.G., for bringing her to our attention here. Now I want to read her books.

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    1. She's a good storyteller. With spunk.

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  11. I wasn't familiar with Carr or her work, so thank you. Post impressionism -- similar to expressionism? Not so much? I forgot most of what I learned in that college art class...but I remember thoroughly enjoying it.

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    1. "Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to distort the subject radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas." So says Wikipedia.

      Carr could have been trying to evoke what she experienced travelling through the giant forests. The silence, the majesty, the icons - the totems. Now you know, Milo.

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  12. What strikes me most about the painting is how the background is so vivid it appears to jump into the midst of the totem poles.

    Thank you for this informative post on a talent I'd never have known about.

    Be well, DG.
    xoRobyn

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    1. She celebrated what most took for granted, our First Nations heritage. The Royal British Columbia Museum has a large First Nations exhibit that is a must-see if you're in Victoria!

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  13. I have tried to catch up, scanning over all your A to Z posts so far, but my attempt definitely doesn't do it all justice! You could really publish a book or column to educate on the subject of art history. I comment here on the post about Emily Carr because I like her - not that I recall hearing of her or seeing her work before, but because from what I've learned from your post, she sounds like an adventurous woman, and I like that she is close to home for you (geographically, if not in time, but that is where comparisons of spirit and will are timeless).

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    1. That makes it worthwhile, Julie, and if I'm introducing a few new artists, then they may live on a while longer.

      I'm learning a few new artists too, so I'm enjoying the research. Tomorrow - someone whose name is linked to a famous show venue.

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    2. I forgot to say that I do love Emily's work, and I only discovered her when I first lived in Vancouver and went to the art gallery at lunch sometimes. I appreciate your comments!.

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  14. Hi DG - I see I didn't comment - remiss of me! But I'll be back to read properly ... and look through the others of your 2014 A-Z ... they're not as long as mine!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Like going back in time, Hilary. . .it's hard to see every post, so don't worry. Emily Carr was a fascinating woman of her times.

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