Emily Carr (1871 – 1945)

Emily Carr
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Emily Carr was a Canadian painter and writer whose legacy includes breathtaking, iconic images of the Indigenous cultures and landscapes of Canada's northwest. During her lifetime, Carr received relatively little recognition for her art, and success eluded her. While often deeply discouraged, she persisted. Finally, in 1927, Carr's painting excellence captured the eye of Group of Seven artist and founder Arthur Lismer, who pronounced her an unofficial member of the esteemed collective. This acknowledgement inspired her to continue pursuing her dream. Near her life's end, Carr's paintings gained widespread popularity. But it wasn't until after her death that her renown soared, and her place in Canadian history and culture was secured.

“I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.”

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