Women Pioneers

6/10/15 Notes to Myself:
Emily Carr War Canoes, Alert Bay

“War Canoes Alert Bay” by Emily Carr 1908

Looking at art is one of my
favorite things to do. Recently,
I came across an artist by the name
of Emily Carr. I was drawn to her bold
use of color and interesting landscapes. 
I could see a post-impressionist influence
and was intrigued by her Canadian
origin because of my own.

“Odds and Ends”by E. Carr 1939

Born in 1871 in Victoria, British
Columbia, Emily started pursuing
art in her 20's after her parents
death. She studied at the San Francisco
Art Institute and in London.

“Breton Church” by Emily Carr 1906

As an environmentalist at heart
she focused on sharing her observations
and love for the Pacific Northwest
landscape and it's culture "at a time
when Western Canadians and women
artists were not recognized." 
She made trips to aboriginal villages
on Vancouver Island and used her
art to document the culture and life
of the people.

She was invited to exhibit her
work at as part of an exhibition
on West Coast aboriginal art at
the National Gallery. It was this
experience that connected Carr
to members of the Group of Seven.
Canada's most recognized 
groups of modern painters of that time.

“Kitwancool” E. Carr 1928

Carr gained significant recognition
for her work in multiple genres. 
And was considered a "a cultural pioneer
in Victoria where she lived for many

Her work is profound in my opinion
not only as an artist but as a women.
I also like the fact that she
ultimately did receive recognition
for her many contributions even though
it was late in life. 
Quotes from: about emily carr, the artist
- Emily Carr University of Art and Design

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