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Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

January 1, 1911
Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.


Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.

Emil Carlsen : Lifting of the fog bank, 1911.


ECA record control number: 26092

Archives of American Art #: -none-

Record level: Item

Record type: Movable work

Work title: Lifting of the fog bank

Alternate work titles:
2018 : Lifting of the fog bank  [ECA returned to the original name of the work based on earliest known exhibition catalog title]
2018 : Surf breaking  [based on listing in the American Art Archives of this version or another related version]
ca.1932 : The fog bank  [from original gallery label on verso]
1914 : Lifting of the fog bank  [from exhibition catalog]

Work date: 1911  [date from front of canvas]

Work creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work medium: Oil on canvas
Work dimensions: 39-1/2 x 45-1/8 inches |  40 x 45 inches

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower left.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘Emil. Carlsen. 1911.’.


Marking type: Faded and torn printed and handwritten horizontal rectangular museum exhibition label.
Location: Upper frame verso.
Text: ‘[torn]KLN M[torn]SEU[torn] / E[torn]rkway [torn]nd Washington Avenue / Brooklyn, N. Y. / Artist [line of dots with hand-written] Emil Carlsen / Title [line of dots with hand-written] “The Fog Bank” / Owner [line of dots with hand written] Macbeth Galleries / [the next line is torn and not legible]’.

Marking type: Faded and torn white horizontal rectangular inventory label with hand-written text in faded red ink.
Location: Frame verso.
Text: ‘O.F. 1131 / 40 x 45′.
Note: There appears to be the faded logo stamp below this label of Macbeth Galleries Inc, New York, NY and this label is most likely the original gallery inventory label’.  The first two numbers ’11’ most likely indicate when Macbeth received the work.

Marking type: Gallery stamp in faded black ink which has been crossed out in blue ball point pen many years ago and faded.
Location: Painting verso.
Text: ‘[stylized William Macbeth Galleries Inc logo, W M to the left in a circle shape] [horizontal single line rectangle to the right with hand-written text faded within] [illegible]’.

Marking type: Thick red border with thin red border on a faded/aged white horizontal rectangular gallery label with hand-written script text within.
Location: Stretcher upper right verso, over corner joint.
Text: ‘E. Carlsen / The Fog Bank / 40 x 45 / 3500’.

ECA category: Waterscape
ECA sub-category: Surf

Archives of American Art subjects:
Landscape — Rocks
Waterscape — Coast

Description of work:

Provenance / ownership:
ca.1966-1968 Private collection of [owner name withheld] & [owner name withheld], [location withheld] ;
ca.1968-ca.1970 ( Meredith Long & Company [1957- ], 2323 San Felipe, Houston, TX  77019 ) ;
ca.1911 Private collection of A H Marks (1893-1913), Akron, OH ;  [Marks was a president of BFGoodrich Tires in Akron, OH and an avid art collector] ;
1911 ( Macbeth Gallery, The [1892-1953], [1935-1953] 11 East Fifty-seventh Street | [1924-1934] 15 East Fifty-seventh Street | [1906-1923] 450 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY | [1892-1905] 237 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY ) ;  [ Macbeth likely received this work in 1911 based on an inventory label on verso]
1911 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition history:
1932 Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, “Paintings and sculpture by the Society of Scandinavian American Artists with a memorial group of paintings by Emil Carlsen with works by Dines Carlsen“, April 12 – May 15.  [likely, no known exhibition list has been located and this is based on a 1930s Brooklyn Museum label on verso of painting]
1914 Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, “Friends of American Art loan exhibition of American paintings”, January 8-28. Shown as Lifting of the fog bank (5) lent by Mr. A H Marks.

References / citations:
– Contacted directly from the owner of 50 years of a version of the painting that also exists in the Frye Museum via email October 25, 2018 email id #23D647A2-1E93-4E7B-9CF3-2D41B51E9FEC ;

Related works:
Surf breaking, 1911  [same composition and likely the second version of the work]

ECA notes:

Price history:
1911 – $3,500 USD  [retail]  [about $93,000 in 2018 money]


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Record birth date:
September 20, 2014

Last updated: October 29, 2018 at 13:20 pm


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