Photograph taken in San Francisco in 1893. From the Laura Cumming article in the Observer headed Canada’s very own Van Gogh. (

What do I want to express? The subject means little. The arrangement, the design, colour, shape, depth, light, space, mood, movement, balance, not one or all of these fills the bill. There is something additional, a breath that draws your breath into its breathing, a heartbeat that pounds on yours, a recognition of the oneness of all things. (Emily Carr)

Emily Carr (Dec. 13, 1871-March 2, 1945); Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a modernist and post-impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until later in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from aboriginal themes to landscapes, and in particular, forest scenes.... The Canadian Encyclopedia describes her as a Canadian icon.

...orphaned in her early teens she persuaded her guardians to permit her at 18 to go to San Francisco to study art at the California School of Design, where instruction followed conservative models of the time.... Over time Carr's work came to the attention of several influential and supportive people.... Lawren Harris became a particularly important support. "You are one of us," he told Carr, welcoming her into the ranks of Canada's leading modernists despite her own self-deprecating attitude.

... also closely associated with the Group of Seven, though never an official member.

...The fact that she was a woman challenged by the obstacles that faced women of her day, to become an artist of such originality and strength... (
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