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Can You Name the Artist by their Palette?

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Here’s a little repost to test your knowledge.

The photographer Matthias Schaller has spent the last several years documenting the palettes of some of the most recognizable artists in history. Try to match the artist to the palette.

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Can You Name the Artist by their Palette?

munch-1-034

The photographer Matthias Schaller has spent the last several years documenting the palettes of some of the most recognizable artists in history. Try to match the artist to the palette.

Emily Carr : From the Forest to the Sea @ the A.G.O.

Emily Carr Landscapes

Emily Carr     Various Landscapes – the gasoline paintings

I’ve always felt guilty about my feelings towards Emily Carr‘s paintings. I felt like I should like them more than I do. I felt like maybe I was missing something. I didn’t dislike them, but there were so many other paintings I’d rather look at. I guess my guilt comes from the fact that on paper I like everything that Emily Carr stood for and represents. I like that she documented different First Nations communities all along the West Coast. I like the fact that she’s a woman making a name for herself at the beginning of the 20th century in a very biased male dominated art world. I like the fact that she was so attune with nature that she actually preferred trees to people. I like the fact she studied in France and was influenced by the Fauves. I like that she’s a famous Canadian artist and sometimes it feels like we don’t have enough of those. I like all these things but unfortunately most of her paintings leave me cold.

So I went to the A.G.O. to see From the Forest to the Sea hoping to find that something I was missing. In the first few rooms I encountered the usual suspects: totem poles (a painting of a totem pole can never hold a candle to the real thing), very crowded compositions and tons and tons of green. My heart was beginning to sink and then……… I found them. Along one back wall were a series of paintings done in the thirties, executed on paper; they were loose, fresh – amazing. She actually mixed gasoline with her oil paints to give them more of a watercolour feel! I’d finally found my Emily Carr.

From the Forest to the Sea runs from April 11 to August 9th.

Sheltering Sky

sheltering sky 1995

sheltering sky 1995

Oil on canvas.