Historic Art | Emily Carr

Cedars 1942 op 36x24 web

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Cedar, a study, 1942

Technique: oil on paper

Dimensions: 36x24 in.


Study for a canvas at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Pencil sketch of young woman on verso

Private collection, Vancouver, prominent family
Sketch for canvas Cedar, 1942 in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon, National Gallery of Canada, June 3 -Sept. 3, 2006 (related canvas)
Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon, Vancouver Art Gallery, Oct. 7, 2006 - Jan. 1, 2007 (related canvas)
Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon, Art Gallery of Ontario, Feb. 24 - May 20, 2007 (related canvas)
Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon, Glenbow Museum, Oct. 25, 2007 - Jan. 26, 2008 (related canvas)
The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social, Vancouver Art Gallery, Jan. 26 - Apr. 20, 2008 (related canvas)
Visions of British Columbia: A Landscape Manual, Vancouver Art Gallery, Nov. 28 - April 18, 2010 (related canvas)
Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes, Art Gallery of Alberta and Vancouver Art Gallery, unknown date (related canvas)
Emily Carr: Deep Forest, Vancouver Art Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dec. 21, 2013 - Mar. 9, 2014 (related canvas)
In Dialogue with Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen, Vancouver Art Gallery, July 1- Oct. 2, 2016 (related canvas)
Emily Carr: Into the Forest, Vancouver Art Gallery, May 13 - Dec. 3, 2017 (related canvas)
Emily Carr: In Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman, Vancouver Art Gallery, May 5 - Sept. 3, 2018 (related canvas)
Loan History
Madrona Exhibition Centre, Nanaimo, B.C., Feb. 23 - Mar. 3, 1978 (related canvas)
Canada House, London, England, June 20 -July 31, 1979 (related canvas)
Emily Carr, Growing Pains: The Autobiography of Emily Carr, reproduced on cover (related canvas)
Maria Tippett, Emily Carr: A Biography, reproduced in colour plate X (related canvas)
Sarah Milroy and Ian Dejardin, From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia, reproduced in colour p. 74 (related canvas)
Phyllis Marie Jensen, Artist Emily Carr and the Spirit of the Land: A Jungian Portrait, reproduced p. 113 (related canvas)

About the Artist


Emily Carr spent most of her life on Vancouver Island, but she also studied for three years at the California School of Design in San Francisco (1890-1893), for five years at the Westminster School of Art in London, England (1899-1904), where she also attended sketching classes at St. Ives in Cornwall, at the Meadows Studio, Bushey and at the Académie Colarossi in Paris for one year (1910). Her work was not well received and she had to supplement her income by farming, running a boarding house, and making pottery. In 1927 she met Lawren Harris, and the Group of Seven encouraged her return to painting. Her work was strongly influenced by an interest in Native Canadian culture. Carr was also known as a writer and published a number of volumes. She had solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario (1937) and at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1938). She was a member of the Canadian Group of Painters (1933). Read Less..

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