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Provenance

The Macbeth Gallery, New York, New York, 1916

Hammer Galleries, New York, New York

Private collection, acquired from above, 1977

Sale, Heritage Auctions, New York, New York, November 17, 2014, lot 68193

Michael Altman Fine Art and Advisory Services, New York, New York

 

Exhibited

The Macbeth Gallery, New York, New York, Exhibition of Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Helen M. Turner, Daniel Garber, January 19–February 1, 1916

The Macbeth Gallery, New York, New York, Paintings by American Artists Past and Present, April 6–27, 1916

The Macbeth Gallery, New York, New York, Recent Paintings by Emil Carlsen, N.A., February 9–28, 1921

The International Exhibition of the Fine Arts, Dunedin, New Zealand, New Zealand & South Seas International Exhibition, 1925–26

Hammer Galleries, New York, New York, The Art of Emil Carlsen, January 25–February 19, 1977

 

Literature

Exhibition of Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Helen M. Turner, Daniel Garber (New York: The Macbeth Gallery, 1916), no. 2.

Paintings by American Artists Past and Present (New York: The Macbeth Gallery, 1916), no. 58.

Recent Paintings by Emil Carlsen, N.A. (New York: The Macbeth Gallery, 1921), no. 12.

The Art of Emil Carlsen (New York: Hammer Galleries, 1977), n.p.

 

Related Work

Wood Interior, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, 44⅞ x 38 15/16 inches, signed lower right: Emil Carlsen; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Biography


Emil Carlsen was one of the twentieth century’s most renowned still life painters, whose work combined sensuous realism with impressionistic technique. Carlsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he trained as an architect before emigrating to the United States in 1872. Largely self-taught as a painter, he drew inspiration from the old masters and the French Impressionists, spending time in Paris to fully absorb their work. His still lifes bear the humble subject matter and elegant execution of Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, modernized through an impressionistic use of color and light.

In addition to still life, Carlsen painted landscapes whose architectural compositions derived from his training as a draftsman. Throughout his oeuvre, Carlsen’s work displays a marked interest in the cadence of form, mass, and line built from an intensive technique of painting and scraping. Such lyrical renderings of objects, landscapes, and seascapes made him one of the most successful artists of his time.

Carlsen was renowned as an art instructor as well as artist. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and served as the Director of the California School of Design. His paintings won critical acclaim, earning medals and prizes from the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Society of American Artists, the Salmagundi Club, the Carnegie Institute, and the National Arts Club, as well as the St. Louis Expo of 1904, the Buenos Aires Expo of 1910, and the San Francisco Pan-Pacific Expo of 1915. Today, his work is featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Diego Museum of Art.

Emil Carlsen (1853–1932)
Pine Woods
Oil on canvas laid down on board
29 x 27 inches
Signed lower left: Emil.Carlsen.
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