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Emil Carlsen : Forest clearing, ca.1931.

January 1, 1931
Emil Carlsen : Forest clearing, ca.1931.


ECA record control number: 2991

Archives of American Art #: 83940089

Record level: Item

Record type: Movable work

Work title: Forest clearing  [from current owner’s website]

Alternate work titles:
after 2013 : Forest clearing
1975 : Rocks in the forest

Work date: ca.1931  [based on palette, technique, style and subject matter]

Work creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work medium: Oil on canvas
Work dimensions: 30 x 25 inches [unframed] | 30 x 25-1/2 inches [unframed] | 39 x 34 inches [framed]

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower left.
Dated: No.
Text: ‘Emil. Carlsen.’.

Marking type: Signed.
Location: Upper right verso
Text: ‘Emil Carlsen’.

ECA Category: Landscape
ECA Sub-Category: Forest

Archives of American Art Subjects:
Landscape — Forest

Description of work:

“Forest Clearing was one of Carlsen’s final compositions, completed only about a year before his death. It is one of only two fully-realized landscapes in oil that the Emil Carlsen Archives have dated to circa 1931, both pictures being meditative, placid woodland scenes. Regarded today as one of the more prominent artists of the late 19th Century, Soren Emil Carlsen stands outside the major mainstream artistic trends of his day. He is remembered as an artist who single mindedly followed his own particular style of painting, creating a unique beauty and aesthetic in his paintings such as Forest Clearing. In this landscape Carlsen reveals his particular interest in light and its attendant reflection about a green glade peppered with rocks. There is an overriding feeling of calm achieved through a composition that is balanced and a color palette that has been softly graded. In such landscapes Carlsen attempted to transform the elements of nature into a harmonious blending of color and form that results a poetry of soft music. Lyricism is Carlsen’s most outstanding attribute. Carlsen is not so much a painter here of trees and sky, but rather a painter of the moods of nature. There is no drama or deep emotion in this landscape. Instead there is a calm composure and a harmonic orchestration of elements. The beauty of nature here is static and peaceful, a notable achievement for this artist.”
Citation: “Emil Carlsen > Forest clearing, c.1931”,  Taylor | Graham website.  Updated [unknown].  Accessed December 14, 2020.  https://www.taylorandgraham.com/artists/67-soren-emil-carlsen/works/10368-soren-emil-carlsen-forest-clearing-circa-1931

Provenance / ownership:
after 2018  ( Taylor | Graham [2013- ], 32 East 67th St, New York, NY 10065 ) ;
2018 ( Hammer Galleries [1928- ], 32 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065 ) ;
after ca.1988 Private collection of [unknown] ;
ca.1988 Private collection of [unknown], CT ; 
1988 ( Altman Fine Art [1985- ], 19 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021 ) ; 
1982 ( Hammer Galleries [1928- ], 32 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065 ) ;
1975 ( Wortsman/Rowe Fine Arts, Inc. [1972-1975], 516 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94102 ) ;
1966 Estate of Florence B. G. S. Carlsen [1903-1974], Falls Village, CT, the artist’s son’s wife ;
before 1966 Estate of Dines Carlsen [1901-1966], Falls Village, CT, the artist’s son ;
1932 Luella Ruby May Carlsen [c.1869-1943], New York, NY, the artist’s wife ;
ca.1931 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2007 Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan, “The art of collecting”, November 23 – December 30.
1988 Altman Fine Art, New York, NY, “American impressionism”, November 2 – December 2.
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.

References / citations:
– Altman Fine Art, New York, NY, exhibition catalog, “American Impressionism”, November 2 – December 2, 1988.  pages 5-6 (unnumbered), illustrated on page 6.
– Rubicon-Wortsman Pub., San Francisco, CA, exhibition catalog, “The art of Emil Carlsen: 1853-1932,” 1975, #162, not illustrated.

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Original compiled and researched document by the Emil Carlsen Archives, 266 West 21st Street, Suite 4E, New York, NY 10011.

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The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. In other countries, legislation may differ.

Record birth date:
February 15, 2015

Last updated: December 14, 2020 at 18:17 pm

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