The Dulwich Picture Gallery will stage the first exhibition in the UK dedicated to the work of Canadian artist Emily Carr. Carr, a pioneering modernist painter, is widely recognised as the leading figure in British Columbian art in the first half of the twentieth century. Carr was a contemporary of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven and Lawren Harris, one of the group, provided her with a great deal of encouragement.
Painting Canada 2: Emily Carr and the Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast (1 November 2014 – 22 February 2015) will showcase over 100 paintings produced by Carr between 1912 and 1939 including a focused selection of Carr’s watercolours and sketchbook drawings – less well-known even in Canada as well as the inclusion of reference material highlighting the importance of Indigenous Art as an influence for Carr.
The exhibition will trace a dramatic trajectory from darkness to light. Visitors will first encounter Carr’s brooding, often claustrophobic forest scenes. The show will culminate in a display of Carr’s later euphoric sky paintings, rhythmic light-filled beach scenes and clear-cut landscapes.
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