Collection PR-2378 - Emily Carr art collection

Human figure and geometric design Dray horse Seated boy Standing girl Little girl with doll Little girl seated with doll Little girl standing Kneeling youth Standing  youth, detail head Head of a youth Woe Lillooet My Bed, Somewhere in France Emily's old barn studio Children on horseback Ruth Raymond brushwork landscape Arithmatic They Have Prevailed Stale Goodies From Aunt Fanny and the seamstress... Glory and the Angel The Most Beautiful Picture Olsen's Studio, Wet Day, St. Ives Billies Badness Smith's Sabbath Rest Death of a Goldfish, Vancouver BC, students weeping Vancouver Ferry Of Course They Are Not Exactly Nervous Our Late Plank Walk
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Emily Carr art collection

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  • [ca. 1893]-1945 (Creation)
    Carr, Emily

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ca. 1100 paintings, drawings and prints

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Emily Carr (Canadian, 13 December 1871 – 2 March 1945) has come to define Canadian Modernism through her paintings of British Columbia and its first peoples. Born in Victoria, BC, the same year as Confederation, Carr was one of the province’s first professional painters. She trained in first in San Francisco. Later, she traveled to London, the artists’ colony at St. Ives, England, and Crécy-en-Brie, France.

Isolated from the Modernism brewing in Toronto and Montreal, Carr crafted her own style and subject-matter. Her early works show the strong influence of Post-Impressionism, while her later paintings develop into a style all her own. From 1927 onward, Carr corresponded with major Modernists of the era, notably Lauren Harris and Mark Tobey. The majority of her correspondence is held within the BC Archives.

A woman of many talents, Carr also created decorative works, published political cartoons, and later in life became an author of short stories.

Custodial history

Sketchbooks and artworks were acquired from various donors or by purchase over many years.

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The collection consists of artwork created or acquired by Emily Carr between ca. 1893 and 1945. This collection was acquired by the BC Archives over many years through donations and purchases. It includes sketchbooks, paintings and other artworks.

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Digital copies of works attached to each item level description.

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Access to original artworks requires an appointment with the curator.

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Contact the licencing office at the Royal BC Museum for any use, reproduction or publication.

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For related records, see Emily Carr fonds, PR-1263.

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