Emily Carr’s paintings are some of my favorites. She captured the essence of the Northwest in her work, and I’ve been fascinated with both the art and the artist for quite a few years now. So for Sarah’s Art History Reading Challenge, I am reading Susan Vreeland’s The Forest Lover, based on Emily Carr’s life, and I just can’t get enough of this artist!
From the Emily Carr House web site:
“Emily Carr is one of Canada’s greatest and most loved artists. Feeling a spiritual connection with her subjects, Emily Carr painted both the landscape and native villages of Western Canada in a unique and modern style that was rejected during its time of production. After years of travel throughout the forests of British Columbia, failing health caused her to remain close to home where she wrote seven books based on her life. Today Emily Carr is highly regarded throughout the world and considered a national icon in Canada. Through reading her books and the study of her paintings ( in poster form, or original ) one is able to grasp just how incredible this woman was.”
The Forest Lover, which is a nicely done historical fiction, just whets my appetite for more Emily Carr. Carr was a writer as well as an artist, and I really want to read some of her own books. One of them already on my shelf is Klee Wyck (This is the Indian name given to Emily by the First Nations People in Ucluelet; it means ‘laughing one.’ —Klee Wyck p. 8)
My husband and I have seen some of her work while we were visiting Vancouver, B.C. a few years ago, but we would very much like to go to Vancouver Island, visit the Emily Carr house and the museum in Victoria, and travel northward to see some of the places that inspired her!