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Emily Carr


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Emily Carr (December 13, 1871 – March 2, 1945) was a Canadian artist and writer heavily inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a modernist and post-impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until later in her life. As she matured, the subject matter of her painting shifted from ... more »

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  • ''Twenty can't be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty's eternal love affairs.''
    Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist. Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr, entry for Aug. 12, 1934 (1966).
  • It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squ...
    Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist. Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr, entry for Dec. 12, 1933 (1966). Written on the eve of...
  • ''It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she's something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.''
    Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist. Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr, entry for April 16, 1937 (1966).
  • ''Life's an awfully lonesome affair.... You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are more alone while living than even going and coming.''
    Emily Carr (1871-1945), Canadian artist. "The Elephant," entry for July 16, 1933, Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr (1966).
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