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Emily Carr – Fresh Seeing at the Royal BC Museum

October 22, 2020 - January 24, 2021

French Modernism and the West Coast

Take a fresh look at Emily Carr. Beloved Canadian icon of arts and letters who first broke all the rules.

In 1911, Carr visited France, where she charted new ground as a modernist painter. Time spent at her canvas and encounters with international artists changed her forever. When she returned to BC, her painting style had been transformed. This exhibition investigates Carr’s momentous journey to France that broke the bonds of her conservative art training.

French countryside landscapes, Haida Gwaii and the banks of the mighty Skeena River, Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing captures the moment Carr revolutionized Canadian modernism. It includes records from the Royal BC Museum Emily Carr collection—the world’s largest. Postcards sent home from France and detailed lists of travel expenses from Carr and her sister Alice add a highly personal lens through which to understand Carr’s life and work.

COVID-19 Protocols

The museum is operating with reduced visitor capacity and timed ticketing. Check availability and reserve your tickets on our website before you visit.