Kate Braid

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Emily Carr: Rebel Artist

“The more isolated Emily felt from her family, the more she clung to the idea of painting. No doubt her sisters saw it as a mere hobby, a pastime. But Emily’s dream of becoming an artist was nurtured by the French painter C.A. de L’Aubinière and his English artist-wife, Georgina, who probably taught Emily briefly in 1886.

“She was in awe of them because they were the first ‘real’ artists she had met – but she was oddly disappointed when she saw their pictures. Their landscapes did not seem at all Canadian to her, though no one yet knew exactly what a ‘Canadian’ painting should look like. In the European tradition, landscapes were panoramas of peaceful meadows with the odd tree, a cow perhaps, beside a quiet stream. They didn’t look at all like the British Columbia Emily knew, where, just outside the city, endless acres of trees towered above an almost impenetrable undergrowth, and the cow was in her back yard.

Nonetheless, the two Europeans sowed a seed that made Emily sling an old pair of shoes across her rafters. Now, every time she had a little money she pushed it into the shoes. She had a plan.”

Book Details

Book Title:  Emily Carr: Rebel Artist

Book Type:  Non-fiction biography

Published:  Montreal : XYZ, 2000. Second edition, Toronto : Dundurn Press 2008.

ISBN:  978-0-96836-016-3

In Print?:  Yes

Available From:  Your favourite independent bookstore or through distributors in Canada ( University of Toronto Press ), the USA (Midpoint Trade Books) or Europe (Gazelle Book Services). Also available in Japanese translated b y Masae Ueno through Tuttle-Mori Agency Inc., Tokyo Japan. ISBN: 978-4-393-49530

Description:  A biography of the feisty British Columbia Canada painter and how she struggled – at a time and in a place not conducive to women being serious artists – toward an art unique to western Canada.