Life & Work
- PUBLISHED: March 2023
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art History / American Art, Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture, Art / Painting
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 128 Pages, 7.68 x 10.7 in, 80 color illus.
- ISBN: 9781487102326
- Publisher: Art Canada Institute
Emily Carr (1871–1945) gained prominence when female painters were not recognized internationally. Her work reveals a fascination with questions inspired by the Canadian sea, landscapes, and people, reflecting a profound commitment to the land she knew and loved. Along with the Group of Seven, Carr became a leading figure in Canadian modern art. Although more than half a century has passed since her death, her paintings continue to challenge and inspire.
Emily Carr: Life & Work traces Carr’s trajectory from her early years in Victoria, where she struggled to receive acceptance, to her eventual status as one of Canada’s most influential painters. With insight and intelligence, Lisa Baldissera shows how Carr, despite enduring hardships and rejection, persevered to create an iconic vision. This book also explores Carr’s extensive travels, during which she learned from European, American, and Indigenous forms; received formal training at art academies and from private tutors; and experimented with a variety of media. Through it all, she grew in creative power, producing work that remains relevant today.
Authors & Contributors
Lisa Baldissera is the director of Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver. She has worked in curatorial roles for public art galleries in Western Canada and as an independent curator, consultant, and writer for nearly twenty years.