Lot # 136
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Emily Carr
BCSFA CGP 1871 - 1945 Canadian

By the Canal, Crécy-en-Brie
oil on canvas 1911
signed and on verso inscribed on a label "French River Scene with Cottages and Figures" and with notes on the provenance
15 x 18 in  38.1 x 45.7cm

Provenance:
Collection of the Artist
Collection of the Artist
Alice Carr, (sister of the Artist)
A gift from Alice Carr to Mrs. Clara L. Rae (niece of Emily Carr, the daughter of Mrs. John Nicholles, Emily Carr's sister Clara)
Private Collection, Vancouver

Literature:
Ian M. Thom, Emily Carr in France, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1991, page 16

Emily Carr’s trip to France in 1910 changed the course of her work. In Paris, the innovations of the avant-garde, such as the Fauves and the Cubists, challenged and excited her. She attended various schools, but her aversion to cities soon emerged, and in spring of 1911, she followed teacher Harry Phelan Gibb to take his landscape classes in Crécy-en-Brie. Carr was delighted with this small village and its surrounding rolling countryside. She painted en plein air, and her colour sense, encouraged by Gibb, expanded. Here, Carr stated, her “colors were not matched, they mixed with air.” With assured brush-strokes, she captured white houses glowing in the sunlight, contrasted with rich greens and blues, and accented by purple, orange and red. With great authenticity, she depicted the small landings characteristic of everyday life by the canal, where water was drawn and laundry done. In this outstanding painting, Carr showcased the new, fresh approach to colour and atmosphere that established her as a modernist artist.

Estimate: $80,000 ~ $120,000 CAD  
Sold for: $181,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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