Sombreness Sunlit

1938 - 1940
oil on canvas, 110.7 x 67.2 cm
Emily Carr

In this classic Carr masterpiece, the artist captured the movement of sunlight and juxtaposition of shadow within the deep forest of the west coast.

Best known as a painter and author, Emily Carr (1871-1945), has been described by The Canadian Encyclopedia as “a Canadian Icon”. Carr’s professional and personal records, along with over 1,100 works of art, are preserved and made available by the BC Archives. The collection spans her entire career and includes manuscripts, major paintings in oil and watercolour, drawings, cartoons and works in clay and fabric.

Carr’s work received greater attention in the last years of her life. Recognition coincided with her emergence as an author. She published Klee Wyck, (1941) The Book of Small (1942), The House of All Sorts (1944), and, published posthumously, Growing Pains (1946), Pause, The Heart of a Peacock (1953), and Hundreds and Thousands (1966).

This work was purchased in 1945 by the Province from the artist’s estate.

This object selected by Don Bourdon. View Profile »