The Vancouver Art Gallery is exhibiting 40 works of art in the world’s biggest exhibition of Emily Carr paintings.
The exhibit will feature paintings of West Coast forests, a subject that Carr is renowned for.
“We are fortunate to have so many significant pieces from throughout Emily Carr’s career, but our permanent collection is particularly rich in her forest paintings from the 1930s,” said the Gallery’s Director Kathleen S. Bartels. “It is crucial to put these works under the spotlight. Emily Carr re-shaped how the coastal forest landscape was perceived in British Columbia with her artistic vision which was profoundly radical at that time.”
In a passage from her 1934 journal, Carr wrote:
“What do these forests make you feel? Their weight and density, their crowded orderliness. There is scarcely room for another tree and yet there is space around each. They are profoundly solemn yet upliftingly joyous. You can find everything in them that you look for, showing how absolutely full of truth, how full of reality the juice and essence of life are in them. They teem with life, growth, expansion…”
Carr was born in Victoria in 1871 and trained in San Francisco, London and France.