PERIOD / STYLE: Modernism and Late Totems (1927-1932)


  • Title: Terrible Totem, Koskimo
  • Creator: Emily Carr
  • Date: 1928
  • Location: [aka Quatsino, British Columbia]   , Canada
  • Physical Dimensions: w26.8 x h36.9 cm
  • Artist's biography: Emily Carr, (1871 – 1945), is a renowned Canadian artist and writer. Though she lived and died in Victoria, British Columbia, Carr studied in England and France and travelled extensively throughout coastal British Columbia and Alaska, inspired by First Nations people, art and landscapes.  Best known as a painter and author, The Canadian Encyclopedia has described her as a Canadian Icon. Carr’s professional and personal records, along with over 1000 works of art, are preserved and made available by the BC Archives, part of the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC. These works span her entire career and include manuscripts, major paintings in oil and watercolour, drawings, cartoons and works in clay and fabric.
  • Provenance: Royal BC Museum PDP609; Purchased by the BC Archives, 1961, Newcombe Collection #6; William Arnold Newcombe, Victoria
  • Type: painting: watercolour and graphite on paper
  • External Link: http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/terrible-totem-koskimo

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