Emil Carlsen 1853-1932

Lake Scene

  • 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches (15.9 x 24.1 cm)
  • Oil on paper
  • Inscribed and signed lower left
  • 1890

Why We Love It

Although best known for his still lifes, Carlsen painted seascapes and landscapes with great sensitivity. The loose fluid brushwork, subdued palette, and soft lighting of this quick landscape sketch are all typical of Carlsen’s delicate impressionist style.

The Value

This is a little sweetheart painting. It is priced very attractively for new and seasoned collectors alike.

Artist Background

1853: Born in Copenhagen, Denmark; 1870s: Studied architecture at the Danish Royal Academy; 1872: Immigrated to the United States, where he settled in Chicago and worked briefly as an architectural draftsman before he turned to painting and studied with Danish painter Laurits Holst; 1875: Traveled to Paris and Copenhagen to study the Old Masters and first encountered the work of the great still-life painter Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, who would remain a lifelong influence; 1876: Moved to New York City, and then to Boston; 1884-86: Returned to Paris to study; 1891-1918: Returned permanently to New York, where he taught at the National Academy of Design and also at PAFA in Philadelphia; 1891-1901: Formative period of development for Carlsen’s approach to still-life; 1911: Began association with William MacBeth and became an important member of Macbeth Galleries’ stable of artists; 1932: Died in New York.