Lot # 165
Spring 2013 - 2nd Session Live auction

Emily Carr
BCSFA CGP 1871 - 1945 Canadian

Storm Over Grey Forest
oil on canvas circa 1931
signed with the estate stamp and on verso signed twice with the estate stamp on the tacking edge and titled on the Dominion Gallery label
16 x 20 in  40.6 x 50.8cm

Provenance:
Dominion Gallery, Montreal, inventory #B150
Kastel Gallery, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2005, lot 193
Private Collection, USA

Literature:
Doris Shadbolt, Emily Carr, 1990, the related 1930 charcoal drawing Untitled (landscape with “eye” in sky), in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, reproduced page 165

Emily Carr’s small sketchbook drawings of 1929 and 1930 formed the basis for a group of contemporaneous larger drawings that consolidated her ideas for canvases, including the precursor to this work, Untitled (landscape with “eye” in sky). Doris Shadbolt noted that Carr “was still under the spell of the Indian presence and in several of these drawings she expressed the underlying correspondence that she had discovered between the natural environment and the Indian carvings in which eyes, or eyelike shapes, appear between totemlike sections of foliage.” In this dramatic work, the eye is present more abstractly – an aperture of light piercing through the storm over the dark forest. The compression of the storm is visible, the wind whipping the branches into wave-like formations. Much of Carr’s work in the 1930s was done in oil on paper, which allowed a tremendous freedom of movement. Storm Over Grey Forest embodies that freedom in a rare and thrilling oil on canvas, in which her expressionistic brush-strokes captured the essence of the intangible – the storm’s energy, the vapour-laden air and the sensation of intensity in the forest.

Estimate: $80,000 ~ $120,000 CAD  
Sold for: $163,800 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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