This Week in History
Future Artist is born!
This story was initially published in 1998
On a stormy winter's night, December 13, 1871, Emily Carr was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She went on to become a noted Canadian painter and writer. She is best known for her compelling canvases of the British Columbia landscape and her documentation of Native villages, but she also wrote a series of wonderful autobiographical books.
Back in Victoria in 1913, Emily taught art, became a landlady, and bred dogs in order to support herself. Her big break came in 1927, when she was 56 years of age. The National Gallery of Canada asked her to bring some of her paintings to Ottawa for an exhibition. On her trip, she met several members of the Group of Seven painters, who inspired her to return seriously to her painting. Emily is best known for her pictures of totem poles and Aboriginal villages and of the forests of British Columbia. She painted with bold strokes, and used lots of green, blue and brown colours. Emily developed new techniques that made her painting style very unique.
Emily Carr brought Canadian art to a new level, and delighted Canadians with her writing. She is commemorated by a plaque at Emily Carr House National Historic Site of Canada in Victoria, BC. Her work can be seen in art galleries and collections across the country.
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