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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Emily Carr: A Room of Her Own

Emily Carr, Totem Poles, 1912.

750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7, Canada

How did modern art appear on the Canadian West Coast? Much of the credit goes to the artist Emily Carr, who boldly challenged traditional painting in the early 20th century. When she was 27, she made her first trip to an Aboriginal village, where she made sketches of the customs of the Indigenous population there. She would go on to create singularly powerful, slightly surrealist depictions of Canada’s forests, painted in swooping swaths of dark, earthy color—deep greens and turbulent blues. Twenty-five works from the gallery’s Emily Carr Collection are presented here in a single room. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery