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Hundreds and Thousands

The Journals of Emily Carr

by (author) Emily Carr

introduction by Gerta Moray

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
May 2006
Artists, Architects, Photographers, General
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    Publish Date
    May 2006
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2009
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FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1966, after the legendary artist and writer Emily Carr died in 1945, Hundreds and Thousands consists of her journals from 1927 to 1941. She began keeping a journal in 1927, when, after years of her work being derided and ignored, came unexpected vindication and triumph when the Group of Seven accepted her as one of them and encouraged her to overcome the years of despair when she stopped painting. Hundreds and Thousands is the sixth of seven books by Emily Carr to be published by Douglas & McIntyre in a completely redesigned edition, each with an introduction by a noted Canadian writer or an authority on Emily Carr and her work.

About the authors

Beloved Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr (December 13, 1871—March 2, 1945) was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied art in the U.S., England and France until 1911, when she moved back to British Columbia. Carr was most heavily influenced by the landscapes and First Nations cultures of British Columbia and Alaska. In the 1920s she came into contact with members of the Group of Seven and was later invited to submit her works for inclusion in a Group of Seven exhibition. They named her The Mother of Modern Arts about five years later.

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Gerta Moray has spent more than two decades tracing Emily Carr's career and her relationship with the First Nations of British Columbia. Her publications include a major award-winning study, Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr (2006), and Harold Town: Life and Work (Art Canada Institute, 2014), as well as numerous articles in journals, monographs, and exhibition catalogues. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph and holds an MA from Oxford University, a Postgraduate Diploma from the Courtauld Institute, London, and a PhD from the University of Toronto.

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Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr

Emily Carr’s journal acted as a sounding board for her thoughts, ideas, feelings and problems. It provides a picture of the culture and society of Victoria during the 1930s and early 1940s, as well as a look at the Canadian art scene during this time period. Carr discusses her paintings, painting techniques and what she hoped to achieve in her paintings, as well as her struggles with religion as the motivating force in her art. She reveals that she felt her work never achieved what she strove for, admitting that the praise she received seemed unjustified and insincere. This book presents us with a fascinating look at the very human face of Emily Carr.

Caution: stereotypical characteristics of “Indians” and Orientals are presented in the historical context

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006-2007.

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