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LOT 122

Emily Carr
1871 - 1945

Sooke Hills
watercolour on paper, circa 1906
signed M. Carr and on verso inscribed "Sook [sic] Hills from Dallas Rd"
11 3/8 x 12 3/8 in 28.9 x 31.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $46,250

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Family of the Artist
By descent through the family to the present Private Collection, USA

During Emily Carr’s early years in Victoria, she worked primarily in watercolour. She depicted the landscape in a style influenced by the British tradition, an artistic approach to painting prevalent in the provincial capital at the time. The Sooke Hills, the subject of this fine painting, are located not far outside of Victoria in an area Carr often visited, adjacent to Goldstream, Langford and Colwood. Carr loved nothing better than to be outdoors sketching, enjoying the fresh sea air and her freedom from Victorian society. In her depiction of the tranquil hills and the path curving towards the beach, Carr created a gentle rhythm and a contemplative atmosphere. She captured the texture in the grasses and low plants by the trail, and the spiky forms in the central vegetation are depicted in a style uniquely hers at this time. Her palette is subtle, adding to the soft ambience.
This work has an outstanding provenance – it has been exclusively passed down through the family of the artist. This is the first time it is being offered for sale.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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