Four Pictures by Emily Carr

Four Pictures by Emily Carr

by Nicolas Debon
     
 

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Emily Carr’s life story is told in this highly original picture book by Nicolas Debon. Written and illustrated in comic strips, the book traces Carr’s life through four of her famous paintings. The first part, named after the painting, Cedar House, represents Emily’s first sketching trip to a remote village where she discovers the richness of…  See more details below

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Emily Carr’s life story is told in this highly original picture book by Nicolas Debon. Written and illustrated in comic strips, the book traces Carr’s life through four of her famous paintings. The first part, named after the painting, Cedar House, represents Emily’s first sketching trip to a remote village where she discovers the richness of West Coast native life and art. Autumn in France describes Emily at work in a Paris art studio and immersing herself in the "New Art" of Chagall, Matisse, Picasso and others. In Silhouette, Carr’s work is exhibited at the National Gallery and she has a pivotal meeting with artists of the Group of Seven. Finally, in Beloved of the Sky, Emily reaches her full potential as an artist.

Nicolas Debon’s illustrations perfectly capture Carr’s determined, eccentric character and her times. The difficulties she encountered as a young woman finding a way to express herself as an artist are well documented as is her world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Format, paper quality, and illustration combine to create a visual biography of a painter as unique as the volume itself. Selected works represent four distinct periods in Carr's life. Born in 1871 in Victoria, British Columbia, Emily was the youngest of five sisters. From the age of eight, art and nature were driving passions. At the age of twenty-seven, she visited a missionary friend and came face to face with West Coast natives. Emily was impressed by the spiritual oneness with nature expressed by the tribe. This period is depicted in " Cedar House." After leaving the Canadian coast, Carr continued her studies in Europe. "Autumn in France" represents this time in her life. In Paris, Emily broadened her knowledge of her craft, but city life was traumatic for the nature-loving lady. Upon returning to her native land, Carr taught art in her own studio. Regrettably, she was unsuccessful in selling enough of her work to devote her full time to painting, This period is represented by "Silhouette" which reflects her station in life, just before being discovered by the influential Group of Seven. The final painting, "Beloved of the Sky," reflects her final years. In her mid-fifties, Carr had become sufficiently successful to go into the forests with her pet monkey and her beloved sheep dogs and paint nature as she felt it, both aesthetically and spiritually. 2003, Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, Ages 12 to 18.
— Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Debon has distilled four periods in the Canadian artist's life (1871-1945) into enticing vignettes that illuminate her passions, determination, health problems, relationships with fellow Group of Seven artists, and, most of all, her dramatic progression as a painter. Presented in a comic-book format reminiscent of French classics "Tintin" and "Asterix," the book draws on Carr's extensive journals to tell her story primarily in her own words and also includes a brief biographical prologue. Each chapter opens with a faithful reproduction of one of her paintings. Of the four pieces of art, only the story of Carr's Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky is fully integrated with the text, allowing readers to see the scene that inspired it through the artist's eyes. While the book lacks the specific detail found in a straight biography and perhaps has more fictionalizing of dialogue, it successfully delivers a fascinating account of Carr and her work. Engaging artwork and brisk storytelling make this a consideration for most libraries.-Sophie R. Brookover, Mount Laurel Library, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888998149
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
06/21/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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