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Carr, (M.) Emily

David Burnett

in Oxford Art Online

ISBN: 9780195415599
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI:
Carr, (M.) Emily

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(b Victoria, BC, Dec 13, 1871; d Victoria, March 2, 1945).

Canadian painter and writer. She studied art from 1891 to 1894 at the California School of Design in San Francisco. She lived in England from 1899 to 1904, studying at the Westminster School of Art in 1899, and settled in Vancouver on her return. Her stay in Paris in 1910–11, during which she had a painting shown at the Salon d’Automne in 1911, proved far more influential on her art, familiarizing her with Impressionism, with Post-Impressionism and with Fauvism.

Carr returned to Canada in 1911, living in Vancouver from 1912. Until 1913 she continued work on the study of Indian sites that she had initiated in 1908. The art and artefacts of the Northwest Coast Indians had, even by this time, been seriously depleted by American and European museums and collectors. Anxious to record what she described as the ‘real art treasures of a passing race’, she travelled widely to some of the most remote settlements. Her interest, however, went beyond recording material culture and she sought, through her paintings, to grasp the character and the spirit of the Indian villages and the central place occupied in their culture by carvings, totem poles and other objects. ...

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