What Is Tonalism? (12 Essential Characteristics)
David Adams Cleveland
Signature: Signed lower right: Emil Carlsen
2012 Avery Galleries, Bryn Mawr, PA, "A Class of Their Own: Philadelphia Art Collectors of the Gilded Age", October 26-November 24.
1978 ACA (Art Dealer’s Association of America, Inc.) Galleries, New York, NY, “American Flower Painting: 1850-1950“, April 1-22.
1975 Wortsman Rowe Galleries, San Francisco, CA, “The Art of Emil Carlsen: 1853-1932“, January 10-February 21; Rubicon Gallery, Los Altos, CA, January 17-February 28; The El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX, March 2-March 30; Robert Rice Gallery, Houston, TX, April 10-May; Coe Kerr Gallery, New York, NY, June-July; The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, San Diego, CA, August 20-October 10; The Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, November-December.
Kennedy Galleries, New York, n.d.
Kennedy Quarterly, Volume 11, Number 2, November, 1971, illustrated.
The Art of Emil Carlsen, exhibition catalogue, 1975, p. 35, no. 38.
ACA (Art Dealer’s Association of America, Inc.) Galleries, New York, NY, Exhibition Catalog, “American Flower Painting: 1850-1950“, April 1-22, 1978, “Peonies and Kang Hsi Vase”, not illustrated.
Dennis Anderson, American Flower Painting, 1980.
c.1899 Emil Carlsen, the artist;
1932 Luella May Carlsen, the artist’s wife;
1966 Estate of Florence B.G.S. Carlsen, Falls Village, CT;
c. 1971 Kennedy Galleries, New York, NY;
c. 1978 Private collection;
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, American Paintings Sale, 1979. no. 4236;
Private collection until 2009
Emil Carlsen excelled in landscape, still life, and figurative works, rendered with a cool, lyrical sense of design and a deep sensitivity for form and atmospheric light. The artist was revered by his colleagues for his dedication and mastery of the craft of painting, especially in the exquisite paint surfaces of his canvases that acted as counterpoint to the abstract and decorative deployment of forms, often flattened to heighten their dramatic interplay. Carlsen’s intimate landscapes were both real and deeply spiritual, often mesmerizing in their simplicity and underlying sophistication. He was also known for his superb technical finesse in drawing and the masterful decorative quality of his canvases.
Danish-American, 1853-1932, Copenhagen, Denmark