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Kitwancool Sketchbook - Base figure of Kitwancool pole

Kitwancool Sketchbook - Base figure of Kitwancool pole, 1928
graphite on paper
15.0 cm x 23.1 cm
British Columbia Archives
PDP05800

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PHOTOGRAPHS

Gitxsan Village of Gitanyow (Kitwancool), 1910

Gitxsan Village of Gitanyow (Kitwancool), 1910
Photograph by G.T. Emmons
Royal BC Museum, PN 3817

EMILY CARR

The sun enriched the old poles grandly. They were carved elaborately and with great sincerity. Several times the figure of a woman that held a child was represented. The babies had faces like wise little old men. The mothers expressed all womanhood – the big wooden hands holding the child were so full of tenderness then had to be distorted enormously in order to contain it all. Womanhood was strong in Kitwancool...
I sat in front of a totem mother and began to draw – so full of her strange, wild beauty that I did not notice the storm that was coming till the totem poles went black, flashed vividly white and then went black again.

Klee Wyck 1941



ALTERNATE TITLE: Indian Mother (Totem)

PERIOD / STYLE: Modernism and Late Totems (1927-1932)

INSCRIPTIONS RECTO (FRONT): Signature: M. EMILY CARR

EXHIBITION HISTORY

1945 - 1946 Emily Carr: Her Paintings and Sketches collaboration between the Art Gallery of Toronto (Art Gallery of Ontario), and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ottawa travelling to the Art Association of Montreal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) and the Vancouver Art Gallery (cat. 18)

1951 Emily Carr Memorial Galleries opening exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery (cat. 14)

1958 Paintings by Emily Carr in One Hundred Years of B.C. Art Vancouver Art Gallery (cat. 296)

1971 Emily Carr: a centennial exhibition celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of her birth organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery travelling to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (cat. 56)

1998 - 1999 Emily Carr: Art & Process organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery travelling to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Kamloops Art Gallery

2001 - 2002 Carr, O'Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg travelling to the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Women in Art, Washington and the Vancouver Art Gallery

2006 - 2008 Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon collaboration between the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa travelling to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Glenbow Museum, Calgary (cat. 94)

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