Emily Carr (Canadian, 1871–1945) grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, studied art in San Francisco and abroad, then returned to the Pacific Northwest. Her early works of First Nations villages were not well received by the public, and she quit painting for over a decade. In 1927 she was invited to exhibit some of her work at the Exhibition of Northwest Coast Art in Ottawa, where she met artists of the Group of Seven. She returned home inspired, particularly by Lawren S. Harris. At the age of fifty-seven she travelled into First Nations territories again, brush in hand. By 1935 she had become one of Canada’s most celebrated artists.
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