Among Canadiana I appreciate...Emily Carr

Early Emily...

Emily Carr: Totem Walk at Sitka, 1907

Later Emily...

Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, 1935

Forest, British Columbia, 1931-32

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Scout said...

such an artist and pioneer! like too many, recognized only after her death.

i'm lucky to have a book of her life , given to me when i helped some people visiting the island find their lost dog. drove them all over, phoned around, nada, put them up for the night and we got a call the next day. drove out there and they were reunited with their pup and showed up a few hours later with the book!!!!! most unexpected and not necessary.

Amelopsis said...

Yes Emily was a real hum-dinger of a woman. Did her own thing, her own way.

Your story is very touching, Scout. Those folks and their dog obviously knew how to appreciate a kind person when they found one.

Jeff Msangi said...

Those are beautiful paints,like one avenue in heaven...above boulevard.

Amelopsis said...

Hi Jeff,

There's an exhibition of Emily Carr's works in Toronto. I can't wait.
I too find a spirituality imbued in her paintings.

Amelopsis said...

oops! I should said there'll be an exhibition soon.

Scout said...

nothing like getting to see 'the real thing' . there's a permanent collection in the v.a.g. but i haven't been there in years! shoot, that reminds me, must force self into downtown to see haida art display. will i do it? hmmm. downtown or being on an island sitting on ten acres in nice rental space????

emily must have been guided by a higher power (and not her monkey). interesting reading her though....while she observed native culture a lot she still didn't quite 'get it'.

Amelopsis said...

Scout I think it's that VAG permanent collection that's touring the country right now, although I'm not certain about that. I think it wrapped up at the National Gallery last month, I need to make sure I don't miss the Toronto visit.

And...to see Haida art...YES I vote you make the trip from your blissful 10 acres.
(geez am I ever envious of your environs!)

About Emily's state, I don't know enough about her to have formed much more than a vague opinion, but I agree on not 'quite getting it' and presume to think it might be because of being such a renegade woman in a male world at that period, sort of pre-occupying I'd think, and then being attuned to nature in the way she was - to see the grandness, etc. that she conveyed with paint.
She was a Freak, and I can dig that.