Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On December 13

On this day in ...
... 1871 (140 years ago today), Emily Carr (right) was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to English parents. They died by the time she was a teenager, and she persuaded her guardians to let her study art, initially at the California School of Design in San Francisco, then in England and France, where she was influenced by European art movements like impressionism, Fauvism, and cubism. In 1911 she returned home, taught art, and ran a boarding house. Her paintings "graft[ed] her own postimpressionist style onto native culture and coastal landscapes, with swirling forms and intense greens. blues and browns." Carr's work finally was recognized, with a Group of Seven showing, in 1927. (credit for 1938 self-portrait) She's also noted for her autobiographical writings, including a journal published after her death in 1945.

(Prior December 13 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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