Drawn primarily from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection, Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female Contemporaries focuses on artwork from the first half of the twentieth century by women artists based in British Columbia, and presents an expanded account of the context in which modernism developed on the Canadian West Coast during the early to mid-1900s.
Born in Victoria, BC, Emily Carr (1871–1945) is widely recognized for her paintings of forested British Columbian landscapes that investigate the shapes, colours and rhythmic changes in nature. In this exhibition, Carr’s images of the forest and the coast are presented alongside work by some of her lesser-known female contemporaries—including Unity Bainbridge, Beatrice Lennie, Nan Lawson Cheney, Irene Hoffar Reid, Grace Wilson Melvin and Vera Weatherbie—together with baskets, cedar hats and cradle boards made at this time by Indigenous women—such as Amy Cooper, Mary Little and Gertrude Dick.
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art
EMILY CARR: FROM THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY COLLECTION
Published by the Vancouver Art Gallery, 2019
Softcover, 160 pages
Illustrations: approx. 115 colour reproductions
Contributors: Kathleen Bartels, Rochelle Steiner, and Ian M. Thom
The Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to be home to the richest collection of works by the widely renowned British Columbia-based painter Emily Carr (1871–1945). Featuring her works in oil, this catalogue presents over 115 colour reproductions of Carr’s paintings in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection. With text contributions by Ian M. Thom, former Senior Curator–Historical at the Vancouver Art Gallery, this book invites the reader to explore the collection and enjoy Carr’s great legacy in British Columbia.