Emily Carr (1871–1945)
Emily Carr, the only woman artist included as a contemporary of the Group, is Canada’s most remarkable West Coast painter. In 1927, Carr travelled east to participate in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. It was then she met with the members of the Group of Seven. Lawren Harris’s encouragement is said to have rekindled her then waning urge to paint. Carr painted and wrote passionately over the next decade-and-a-half until her death.
Emily Carr (1871–1945), Shoreline, 1936, oil on canvas, 68 x 111.5 cm, Gift of Mrs. H.P. de Pencier, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1966.2.1
Clarence Gagnon (1881–1942)
“It was not the over-sensitivity of the misunderstood that made me move to Paris….Over there, I paint only Canadian subjects, I dream only of Canada. The motif remains fixed in my mind, and I don’t allow myself to be captivated by the charms of a new landscape. In Switzerland, Scandinavia-everywhere, I recall my French Canada.” — Clarence Gagnon, 1931
Clarence Gagnon is best known for his rural Quebec landscape paintings and the illustrations for Louise Hémon’s novel Maria Chapdelaine. Gagnon was also an award winning printmaker, a passionate outdoorsman, and an active promoter of Quebec handicrafts.
Clarence Gagnon (1881–1942), The Betrothal, 1928/1933, gouache over colour monotype on paper sheet: 24.1 x 26.5 cm; image: 21.5 x 22.6 cm, Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1969.4.54