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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Emily Carr

b. 1871, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; d. 1945, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Emily Carr painted scenes Native American villages on the western coast of Canada after studying art in San Francisco, England, and Paris. She struggled to support herself financially, even though her work was shown in 1911 at the Paris Salon and in 1927 at Canada’s National Gallery, two respected venues. While teaching in Vancouver, Carr made frequent trips to Native American communities, but was forced to stop painting in 1937 due to illness. She then focused on writing and published short stories as well as six autobiographical books. These included Klee Wyck (1941),The Book of Small (1942), and the posthumous Pause: A Sketch Book (1953).