Lot # 166
Spring 2013 - 2nd Session Live auction

Emily Carr
BCSFA CGP 1871 - 1945 Canadian

BC Forest
oil on paper on board circa 1939
signed and on verso inscribed in graphite "Miss Flora Burns $20.00" and "103" circled
16 1/2 x 22 3/8 in  41.9 x 56.8cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Victoria, possibly Flora Burns, friend of the Artist
Galerie Agnès Lefort, Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario

Literature:
Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands, The Journals of Emily Carr, 2006, page 185

Emily Carr’s body of forest work is like an opera, sometimes with deep, serious tones, sometimes with light, high passages. In BC Forest, Carr chose to include an open foreground and view of the sky, and to make us aware of the atmosphere of the day. The playful wind makes itself known through the rollicking rhythms in the trees, diagonal lines in the sky and the bent-over tree in the upper left. In the open ground Carr delineates more directional movements – and the whole painting strikes a fine balance between vertical and horizontal rhythms. The whirling gesticulation of the gathering of small conical evergreens creates a joyous atmosphere. Carr wrote in her journals about the “frivolous pines, very bright and green...The wind passes over them gaily, ruffling their merry, fluffy tops and sticking-out petticoats. The little pines are very feminine and they are always on the swirl and dance in May and June.” Whatever the mood of the forest setting she sketched in, she strove to strike the true chord of its expression, as nature was as a cathedral to her that she worshipped in.

Estimate: $50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD  
Sold for: $70,200 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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