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Emily Carr

Juan de Fuca Strait

Artist

Emily Carr
Victoria 1871 – Victoria 1945

Title

Juan de Fuca Strait

Date

1936-1937

Materials

Oil on paper mounted on plywood

Dimensions

58.4 x 89.2 cm

Credits

Gift in honour and in memory of the pianist John Newmark, inv. 2008.77

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

This painting dates from the 1930s, when Carr was depicting the Northwest Coast landscape without reference to the Native cultures that had inspired her previously. Lawren Harris, of the Group of Seven, advised her to “leave her Indian subject matter for a year and seek to express the spirit of British Columbia ‘in the exotic landscape of the island and coast.’” Her own discoveries then came to the fore. To the thick forests that enclosed her usual subjects, Carr now added beaches, ocean and sky.

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