Emily Carr’s 150th Birthday


Western Forest, 1931

When I first came to Vancouver and visited the Art Gallery, I was astounded to see a room full of paintings by Emily Carr. They were a shock to me, vibrant in their blues and greens and browns, different from any works I had seen before: I didn’t understand them, and I didn’t care for them at all. Now, some forty-odd years later, while I still perhaps don’t understand them completely, I have grown to appreciate them — indeed, love them — both as local and global treasures.

Untitled, 1938

Today we celebrate what would have been her 150th birthday and we celebrate her ever-growing reputation.

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