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Emily Carr - Four Totems - Boxed Cards

$20.95
Emily Carr - Four Totems - Boxed Cards
Sixteen assorted full-color 3 15/16 x 9 ¼" blank notecards (four each of four styles) with envelopes in a decorative box. Panoramic cards do not require extra postage for mailing. Published with Vancouver Art Gallery.

Well before her encounter with the famous Group of Seven, Emily Carr (Canadian, 1871–1945) had found her artistic direction. After years spent studying painting in San Francisco, London, and Paris, she returned in 1912 to her home, British Columbia, and embarked on an ambitious project. She would record the twilight of the coastal First Nations peoples, communities that had nearly vanished as smallpox and flight to urban centers reduced the native population all along the northern Pacific coast. During a six-week stay in a First Nations village, Carr focused on the monumental wood totem poles the natives had carved—many of them erected after 1860. About 250 Haida people were then living in Skidegate, on Graham Island, where a Christian mission had been established. The four oil paintings reproduced for these notecards received scant attention at the time. Not until 1927 did an ethnologist, then a museum, then fellow artists, begin to appreciate her achievement. Decades later, when illness interrupted her artistic career and she turned to writing, Emily Carr commemorated her visit to Skidegate in the short stories “Prayers and Pickles” and “The Policeman’s Retaliation.”

Contains four each of the following notecards:

Skidegate, 1912
Skidegate (Shark Pole), 1912
Skidegate, 1912
Skidegate, 1912

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