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Above the Gravel Pit

Above the Gravel Pit, 1936
oil on paper
61.0 cm x 91.1 cm
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Anonymous Gift
1980.038.001

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EMILY CARR

I started a new canvas today, a skyscape with roots and gravel pits. I am striving for a wide, open sky with lots of movement, which is taken down into dried greens in the foreground and connected by roots and stumps to sky. My desire is to have it free and jubilant, not crucified into one spot, static. The colour of the brilliantly lighted sky will contrast with the black, white and tawny earth.

Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr 1966



Did a good sketch yesterday — woods, light, movement, and wrestled with the gravel pit last night of which I made a botch and learned something. I suppose the whole hitch is I am not sufficiently interested in the pits. They are spacey but there is the crudity of men about them, and they smell commercial. The merry rattling stones and the glistening gravel are now roads and buildings, married to other ingredients, dead and uninteresting, and nature has not had time to heal the scars and holes yet. Fluffy little trees are bobbing out of the gullies. The pines are wrapped about in warm, sunny greens and standing still. Yesterday those silly single spikes on top of the young growth bobbed and bowed to each other like gawky, immature youths. Today they are trying to straighten and brag who can reach the sky first.

Hundreds and Thousands: The Journals of Emily Carr 1966



PERIOD / STYLE: The Landscape (1933-1939)

INSCRIPTIONS RECTO (FRONT): Signature: EMILY CARR

EXHIBITION HISTORY

1938 Exhibition by Emily Carr Vancouver Art Gallery (cat. 10)

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. 65)

1949 Memorial Exhibition Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (cat. 8)

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. 114)

1979 Emily Carr: The Mature Years – Les Années de Maturité organized by Canada House, London, England travelling to Centre Culturel Canadien/Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France (cat. 23)

1982 Emily Carr: Sky Paintings Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (cat. 14)

1990 Emily Carr National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1990 The True North: Canadian Landscape Painting 1896-1939 Barbican Gallery, London, England (cat. 12)

1998 - 1999 Emily Carr: Art & Process organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery travelling to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Kamloops 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. 126)

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