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July 12, 2013 to March 9, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator-Historical

Emily Carr made the first of two trips to First Nations villages and old village sites in Haida Gwaii in 1912, during
which she produced a number of watercolours and oils on board. She used her field studies as source material
for major paintings, and the goal of these works was to capture the forms of the poles and, to a lesser degree,
the circumstances of their placement in the landscape or village. Carr’s second trip to Haida Gwaii and northern
British Columbia occurred in 1928, when she was fifty-seven years old. These later watercolours are different
in execution—more forceful and more fully realized dimensionally—but have links to the works of 1912. Carr’s
failing health prevented additional trips to Haida Gwaii, but she returned to the totemic subjects toward the end
of her career when she produced two major canvases based on the 1912 sketches. Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii ,
designed to complement both the James Hart: The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and Charles Edenshaw exhibitions,
presented some of the important oil paintings that resulted from Carr’s trips to Haida Gwaii, all of which are held
in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

ARTIST: Emily Carr
Visionary Partner for Permanent Collection Exhibitions: Michael O’Brian Family Foundation

ABOVE: Emily Carr, Totem by the Ghost Rock , 1912, oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust

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