Douglas & McIntyre
Seven Journeys

Book details:

May 2002
ISBN 978-1-55054-922-5
Paperback - Trade
7 3/4" x 9"
160 pages
Art
$26.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Seven Journeys

The Sketchbooks of Emily Carr

These never-before-reproduced Emily Carr drawings reveal an extra dimension to her artistic character—a sense of the immediacy of her encounter with Northwest Coast First Nations culture and the liberating energy it unleashed.


Distinguished art critic Doris Shadbolt has chosen 85 drawings from Carr's sketchbooks, those which particularly reveal the wellsprings of her inspiration. In an introductory essay and commentary for each of Carr's seven journeys along the British Columbia coast, Shadbolt's inspired text evokes the intimacy and immediacy of the drawings themselves, and takes us close to the heart of Emily Carr.

Emily Carr (1871-1945) was an extraordinary Canadian artist and writer who has become a national cultural icon. Among the collections of Emily Carr material at the British Columbia Archives is a special cache of thirteen small drawing books. The sketches in these volumes were done quickly to catch the features of a passing scene, to note the form and rhythms of a tree, as preliminary experiments in handling complex visual material. As indicators of a part of Carr's process of making art, and as notes of several significant trips made during a turning point in her life as an artist, they are fascinating and illuminating.

In that critical period, between 1927 and 1930, Carr made seven journeys-several to isolated Native villages in coastal British Columbia, two to eastern Canada to meet fellow artists in the Group of Seven, and one metaphorical journey that was an intrinsic part of all the others-to nature itself. On these travels and sketching trips, she used her drawings as part of the process of working out ideas, techniques and themes to develop the mature painting style that was uniquely hers.

About the Author

Doris Shadbolt

Doris Shadbolt’s long association with the museum world has included positions at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), the National ...

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