The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

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In her acclaimed novels, Susan Vreeland has given us portraits of painting and life that are as dazzling as their artistic subjects. Now, in The Forest Lover, she traces the courageous life and career of Emily Carr, who?more than Georgia O?Keeffe or Frida Kahlo?blazed a path for modern women artists. Overcoming the confines of Victorian culture, Carr became a major force in modern art by capturing an untamed British Columbia and its indigenous peoples just before industrialization changed them forever. From illegal potlatches in tribal communities to artists? studios in pre?World War I Paris, Vreeland tells her story with gusto and suspense, giving us a glorious novel that will appeal to lovers of art, native cultures, and lush historical fiction.

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Susan Vreeland is the internationally renowned author of five books, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue.
Published February 9, 2004 by Penguin Books. 464 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Carr (1871–1945) was perhaps the first Canadian woman artist to achieve international recognition, partly thanks to her studies abroad (in America, London, and Paris) and partly thanks to her association with the famed Group of Seven, a Toronto-based salon of painters who revolutionized Canadian ...

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The Canadian artist Emily Carr (1871– 1945) could be a feminist icon.

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Vreeland has researched Carr's life extensively and paints her own word picture of the struggling artist with compassion.

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Vreeland, whose first novel Girl in Hyacinth Blue explored the back-story of a Vermeer painting, this time retraces the steps of the Canadian painter Emily Carr, one of the most influential women artists of the early 20th century.

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The Copperfield Review

Susan Vreeland’s latest art-inspired novel, The Forest Lover, is about the Canadian artist Emily Carr, who traveled through the Canadian woods in the early 20th century to find and paint artifacts from the native people before they disappeared.

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