Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast

Emily Carr (Canadian), War Canoes, Alert Bay (detail), 1912. Oil on canvas. 64.93 x 81.28 cm. Audain Art Museum Collection, 2018.054. Gift of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. Image courtesy of the Audain Art Museum.

February 29 - May 31, 2020    |    Regular Exhibition

A bold undertaking by the Audain Art Museum uncovers new information about dramatic changes in Emily Carr’s approach to painting over the course of three critical years, from 1910 to 1912. Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast investigates Carr’s momentous journey to France (1910-1911) that broke the bonds of her conservative art training. Drawn from national and international public, private, and corporate collections, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view over 50 paintings, watercolours, and drawings by Carr, along with a selection of works by Carr’s instructors whose work directly influenced her artistic development. These include English painter Henry William Phelan Gibb, Scottish painter John Duncan Fergusson and New Zealand watercolourist Frances Hodgkins.

This exhibition is organized by the Audain Art Museum, Whistler B.C.
It was made possible by the generous support of RBC Royal Bank, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Tom & Teresa Gautreau, PacArt and the Government of Canada.