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Google marks Emily Carr’s 142nd birthday with doodle

December 14, 2013 at 1:10 am | News Desk

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Google has honored Emily Carr, a B.C. artist whose work was inspired by the natives of the Pacific Northwest, with a doodle depicting one of her iconic works.

Emily Carr, born 142 years ago on Dec. 13, 1871, as a writer, also chronicled daily life in the province of her birth while as an artist, her earliest works focused on the lives of aboriginal Canadians before she turned to landscape painting, particularly of forests, using styles associated with impressionism and post-expressionism.

Her work has been compared to Canada’s most famous group of modern painters, the Group of Seven. During an exhibition of her in 1927 at the National Gallery, Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris declared: “She is one of us.”

A sign of Carr’s enduring appeal came last month when one of her works, The Crazy Stair a.k.a. The Crooked Staircase — painted around 1930 — sold at a Toronto auction for $2.9 million.

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