Emily Carr

Emily Carr - Heffel Gallery

Emily Carr

1871 - 1945
BCSFA CGP

Emily Carr is one of Canada’s greatest artists, best known for her paintings of west coast native villages and forest and seashore landscapes.

Born in Victoria in 1871, early studies took her to San Francisco and London.

Her interest in coastal villages began with a visit to a Nootka reserve at Ucluelet in 1899 and led to subsequent visits to native coastal villages in 1908, 1909 and 1910. In 1910, Carr travelled to France to study, and her exposure to the artistic milieu there opened up a new world of colour and light.

Back in British Columbia in 1912, Carr made an important sketching trip to native sites at Alert Bay, Skeena River and the Queen Charlotte Islands, deeply committed to capturing the native people and the villages with their powerful totem poles.

Carr was ahead of her time on the coast, and her struggle to survive resulted in very little painting from 1913 until the pivotal year of 1927, when she was visited by ethnologist Marius Barbeau and Eric Brown, director of the National Gallery. Her work was subsequently exhibited in an historic west coast show in Ottawa, and when she traveled to it, she met prominent fellow artists such as Lawren Harris, with whom she formed an inspiring friendship.

Carr visited native sites again in 1928 and 1930, and sketching expeditions into her beloved forest continued - to the west coast of Vancouver Island and Port Renfrew, as well as locations near Victoria. Carr’s great inspiration captured the very essence of BC forest with its energy and mystery.

More public recognition came with a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1937, and the first of annual solo exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery began in 1938.

Also well known for her writing, Carr won a Governor General’s award for her first book Klee Wyck.

Heffel 's Top Results
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The Crazy Stair (The Crooked Staircase)
43 3/8 x 26in 110.2 x 66cm
circa 1928 - 1930
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $1,200,000 - $1,600,000 CDN
Sold for:   $3,393,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Wind in the Tree Tops
36 1/2 x 21 1/4in 92.7 x 54cm
circa 1936 - 1939
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $900,000 - $1,200,000 CDN
Sold for:   $2,164,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Eagle Totem
24 x 18in 61 x 45.7cm
circa 1930
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $600,000 - $800,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,638,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2012 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, May 17, 2012
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Forest Light
21 1/2 x 18 1/2in 54.6 x 47cm
circa 1931 - 1936
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $400,000 - $600,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,534,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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War Canoe, Alert Bay
10 5/8 x 15in 27 x 38.1cm
watercolour on paper

Estimate:  $200,000 - $300,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,228,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 24, 2011
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Quiet
44 x 27in 111.7 x 68.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $300,000 - $400,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,121,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2004 auction on Thursday, May 27, 2004
Record Emily Carr sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Emily Carr
Alert Bay (with Welcome Figure)
25 3/4 x 18 3/8in 65.4 x 46.7cm
circa 1912
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $900,000 - $1,200,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,062,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Record Emily Carr sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Emily Carr
Alert Bay Burial Ground
32 3/4 x 23 3/4in 83.2 x 60.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $900,000 - $1,200,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,053,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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War Canoes, Alert Bay
25 x 31 1/2in 63.5 x 80cm
1912
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $300,000 - $500,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,018,750 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's May 2000 Fine Canadian Art auction on Wednesday, May 10, 2000
Record Emily Carr sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Emily Carr
Old Timer
27 x 20in 68.6 x 50.8cm
1931 - 1932
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $400,000 - $600,000 CDN
Sold for:   $936,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2013 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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