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Four pictures by Emily Carr
Debon, Nicolas, 1968-
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Publication Information:
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Groundwood book."
Cedar house -- Autumn in France -- Silhouette -- Beloved of the sky.
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 0.5 73375.
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ND249.C3 D43 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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Emily Carr (1871-1945) was a great artist of the North West Coast of Canada. One of the few woman painters of her generation, she has been exhibited with and compared to Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo, two other great women artists whose work is finally receiving the recognition it deserves.

Emily Carr's life story is told in this highly original picture book by Nicolas Debon. Written and illustrated in comic strips, the book traces Carr's life through four of her famous paintings. The first part, named after the painting, Cedar House, represents Emily's first sketching trip to a remote village where she discovers the richness of West Coast native life and art. Autumn in France describes Emily at work in a Paris art studio and immersing herself in the New Art of Chagall, Matisse, Picasso and others. In Silhouette, Carr's work is exhibited at the National Gallery and she has a pivotal meeting with artists of the Group of Seven. Finally, in Beloved of the Sky, Emily reaches her full potential as an artist.

Author Notes

Nicolas Debon was born in Northern France and later moved to Nancy where he studied art at l'Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts before moving to Toronto for ten years. His picture book The Strongest Man in the World won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Nicolas currently lives in France.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-9. Debon blends several genres in this small biography, in comic-book format, about the innovative Canadian artist Emily (Millie ) Carr, one of a few women painters who worked during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Each of the four chapters, headed by a small reproduction of one of her paintings, relates her story in a graphic style that evokes Tintin as well as other art styles, traditional and modern. The first chapter focuses on Carr's fascination with Native American art and spirituality. Then Debon traces the artist's painful struggle to express her unique vision, showing Carr's connection with some of the great artists of Europe at the time. He cites Carr's own writings as well as some books about her life and work, and he includes a guide to the paintings that inspired his illustrations. It's hard to appreciate the artist's work in the very small pictures, but, for the most part, the comic-book style works well, depicting Carr's feelings of alienation as well as her joy. See also Emily Carr, Jo Ellen Bogart's picture-book biography BKL N 1 03. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Debon has distilled four periods in the Canadian artist's life (1871-1945) into enticing vignettes that illuminate her passions, determination, health problems, relationships with fellow Group of Seven artists, and, most of all, her dramatic progression as a painter. Presented in a comic-book format reminiscent of French classics "Tintin" and "Asterix," the book draws on Carr's extensive journals to tell her story primarily in her own words and also includes a brief biographical prologue. Each chapter opens with a faithful reproduction of one of her paintings. Of the four pieces of art, only the story of Carr's Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky is fully integrated with the text, allowing readers to see the scene that inspired it through the artist's eyes. While the book lacks the specific detail found in a straight biography and perhaps has more fictionalizing of dialogue, it successfully delivers a fascinating account of Carr and her work. Engaging artwork and brisk storytelling make this a consideration for most libraries.-Sophie R. Brookover, Mount Laurel Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.