John Fabian Carlson 1874-1945

Winter Caprice

  • 40 x 52 inches (101.6 x 132.1 cm)
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right: John F Carlson

Why We Love It

One of the leading painters of the American landscape in the early 20th century, Carlson was particularly well-known for his snow scenes, and this large-scale work is an impressive example of his Tonalist style.

The Value

This exhibition scale painting is one of the most ambitious and successful works by John Fabian Carlson.   It is perhaps his most important painting.

Artist Background

1874: Born May 5th in Kolsebro, Sweden; 1884: Travelled to United States and settled in Buffalo, New York; worked in a lithographer’s shop; 1902: Won a scholarship to attend the Art Students League in New York City; studied with Frank V. Dumond and Birge Harrison; 1903: Awarded a scholarship to study with Harrison at Woodstock, New York; 1911: Elected Associate National Academician; first one-man show in New York City; travelled to Paris; 1911-18: Appointed director of Art Students League Summer School at Woodstock, New York; 1913: Married Margaret Goddard of Plainfield, New Jersey; 1920-22: Co-founder of the Broadmoor Art Academy, Colorado Springs; 1922: Founded the John F. Carlson School of Landscape Painting at Woodstock, New York; 1925: Elected a National Academician; 1928: Wrote “Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting”; 1945: Died.