Gift of Mrs. H. P. de Pencier - 1966.2.1
© McMichael Canadian Art Collection

1 Emily Carr, Growing Pains. (Toronto: Clarke, Irwin 1986), 437.

2 David Wistow, "Emily Carr," The McMichael Canadian Art Collection = La Collection McMichael d'art canadien (Kleinburg, Ontario, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1989), 133-138

More than ever was I convinced that the old way of seeing was inadequate to express this big country of ours, her depth, her height, her unbounded wideness, silences too strong to be broken - nor could ten million cameras, through their mechanical boxes, ever show real Canada. It had to be sensed, passed through live minds, sensed and loved. 1

Shoreline (1936) epitomizes Carr's triumph over both personal and artistic obstacles - a triumph achieved especially late in life, during the late 1920s and 1930s. As in many works from her mature period, she has positioned herself alone on a narrow beach. Water, air, and land sweep around her in broad rhythms while an unearthly light pulsates overhead. The artist's presence is felt intensely throughout, yet her energy appears indistinguishable from the energy of nature itself. Every brush stroke expresses a joy in the harmony of all living things. 2

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