ART REVIEW: From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia

The first UK exhibition dedicated to Emily Carr (1871 – 1945), a pioneer modernist inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast who became one of Canada’s best-loved artists.

It is astounding and devastating; leaving the viewer with profound melancholy. The tribes and the trees suffered and she was there to capture the aftermath. Screamers of sawn tree trunks, abandoned villages (wiped out by small pox) and rotting totem poles – often used in the building of houses. The exhibition is also journey through Emily Carr’s developing style with some of her earlier paintings placed alongside later works, significantly influenced by her trips aboard to London and Paris and friendship with The Group of Seven.  Rightly, they declared Emily to be one of them and, as she called herself, a small spoke from the western side of Canada among all the works of the east.

Don’t miss Emily’s intimate sketch book and hilarious depictions of her and her sister’s first visit to the west coast of Canada in 1907 – helpfully displayed and enlarged via a tablet.

Only on until 15 March 2015 – GO SEE NOW at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. After London the exhibition will run in Canada. Some of the artefacts of village life won’t be going with the show – so enjoy them in London.

 From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia

Emily Carr, Indian War Canoe (Alert Bay), 1912, Oil on cardboard, 65 x 95,5 cm, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Purchase, gift of A. Sidney Dawes

MANinLONDON’s Alan Greenhalgh was recently in Canada to see more than 100 works by Alex Colville exhibition at Art Gallery of Ontario but was disappointed not to see anything by Emily Carr in the permanent collection. Well worry not, there are some fantastic pieces here at The Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Read about the Alex Colville in Tantalising Toronto here.


End Date: 15 March 2015 Prices: £11 Adult, £10 Senior Citizens, £6 Concessions, FREE Children and Members

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