Emily Carr: From the Forest to the Sea

Emily Carr, Windswept Trees, c. 1937-38 (photograph: University of Victoria Art
Emily Carr, Windswept Trees, c. 1937-38 (photograph: University of Victoria Art Collection)

Laura Cumming reviews From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, on view through March 8, 2015.

Cumming writes: "Dulwich has more than a hundred paintings and drawings on show, but [the] forests are the peak – the pitch – of them all. It feels as if the great firs, oaks and spruces, the birches and maples of British Columbia are Carr’s own private totem poles. They have force of personality for her, with their uprushing trunks and dancing boughs, and their enduring, towering masses. Forests are like cities in her art, places where humanity comes together, even though there is never another person in sight."