Emily Carr was born in Victoria, BC. She was an artist and writer whose inspiration came from the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. She was one of the Canada’s first painters to adopt modernist and post-impressionist painting styles. As she matured, her painting style shifted into landscapes, focusing on forest scenes. Carr also had association with the Group of Seven. Today the esteemed and influential Vancouver design university, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, carries her name in dedication to the professional education and learning in the arts, media and design. To learn more about Emily Carr click here.
The Group of Seven
The Group of Seven is Canada’s most recognizable group of modern painters. They were a group of Canadian Landscape painters from 1920 – 1933. The members consisted of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, Frederick Varley. They later invited artists A. J. Casson, Edwin Holgate and LeMoine Fitzgerald Holgate to the group. They also had association with Emily Carr and Tom Thomson. To learn more about The Group of Seven click here.
Laura Muntz Lyall
Laura Muntz Lyall was an impressionist painter. Laura Adeline Muntz was originally from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, her family moved to Canada and settled on a farm in Muskoka, ON. She studied to be a teacher, but her passion for art led her to take painting technique lessons and that’s when her art career blossomed and she became the first female artist to receive international recognition. To learn more about Laura Muntz Lyall click here.
Thomas John “Tom” Thomson was born near Claremont, ON but was raised in Rose Hill, ON (near Owen Sound). Thomson was an influential artist and was directly influenced by the Group of Seven. Thomson passed away before the group formally formed but he has been credited by the group of being a member. To learn more about Tom Thomson click here.
Paul-Émile Borduas was born in Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. Borduas was known for his abstract paintings and was a leader of a group known as the Automatists. As a teenager, Borduas was taken on by Ozias Leduc as an apprentice, where he studied how to restore and decorate churches. He began painting abstract paintings in 1941. To learn more about Paul-Émile Borduas click here.
I hope you enjoy a little bit of Canadiana on the July long weekend, that I featured to pay tribute to our beautiful country. Eh? And happy Canada Day! 🙂
*All facts and resources used are from Wikipedia.