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Emily Carr

Emily Carr

Emily Carr
Spring 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 118

Emily Carr
BCSFA CGP 1871 - 1945 Canadian

Dancing Trees
charcoal on paper circa 1931
signed with the estate stamp and on verso titled on the Dominion Gallery label and inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #D6726
12 1/4 x 17 in  31.1 x 43.2cm

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, USA

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

From her early days as an artist, Emily Carr used the medium of drawing for light-hearted pictorial comments on her travels and observations for her painting subjects. When Carr was moving away from her First Nations themes in the late 1920s and early 1930s, she did a group of large charcoal drawings of forest subjects, which were complete, independent works in themselves. Carr’s fondness for young pines such as we see in this fine drawing was expressed in a journal entry in June of 1934. While sketching in the woods, she noted, “There are lots of little frivolous pines, very bright and green as to tips. The wind passes over them gaily, ruffling their merry, fluffy tops and stick-out petticoats. The little pines are very feminine and they are always on the swirl and dance in May and June.” This description entirely fits this joyous charcoal drawing, in which the motion of the up-tilted branches with their overlay of slashing pale lines, together with the whirling effect of the charcoal lines in the forest floor, creates a dynamic and playful image.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $43,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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