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Emil Carlsen : Moonlight, 1887.

January 1, 1887
Emil Carlsen : Moonlight, 1887.

ECA Record Control Number: 5370

Archives of American Art #: -none-

Record Level: Item

Record Type: Movable work

Work Title: Moonlight

Alternate Work Titles:
1992: Moonlight  [from exhibition catalog]
1908-1909: Moonlight, Windham hill  [from exhibition catalogs & newspaper article mentions]

Work Date: 1887  [date from exhibition catalog – this date does not seem correct we believe it might be more like 1904-1906]

Work Creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work Medium: Oil on canvas
Work Dimensions: 30 x 40 inches | 16 3/4 x 24-5/8 inches  [conflicting information in the museum catalog]

Inscribed/Signed Front:
Location: At lower left and right.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘To my friend [illegible name] [illegible date]’ ‘Emil. Carlsen.’.

Verso: unknown

ECA Category: Landscape
ECA Sub-Category: Trees

Archives of American Art Subjects:
Landscape
Landscape — Connecticut
Landscape — Connecticut — Windham
Landscape — Time
Landscape — Time — Night
Landscape — Tree

Description of Work:

Provenance/Ownership:
after 1985 ( Florence Griswold Museum [1993- ], 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371 ) ;
ca.1985 ( 1985 ( Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company [1866- ], One State Street, Hartford, CT 06102 & 100 Wall St #605, New York, NY 10005 (Accession #?) ) ;
ca.1909 Private collection of [unknown] ;
ca.1908 ( Bauer-Folsom Galleries [1908-1921] | Folsom Galleries [1908-1921], 396 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 11215 ) ;  [this is unclear if this belongs here]
1887 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition History:
2006 Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT, “Finding religion: American art from the Hartford Steam Boiler collection”, January 14 – May 28.
1992 Polk Museum of Art, St, Lakeland, FL, “Connecticut art and artists”, February 1 – March 29.
1908-1909 The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, “Second exhibition of paintings by contemporary American artists”, December 7, 1908 – January 17, 1909.
1908 Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Third annual exhibition of selected paintings by American artists“, April 30 – August 30.
1908 Saint Botolph Club, Boston, MA, “Paintings by Emil Carlsen“, January 6-24.

References/Citations:
– Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT, exhibition catalog, “Finding religion: American art from the Hartford Steam Boiler collection”, January 14 – May 28, 2006, #?.
– Polk Museum of Art, St, Lakeland, FL, “Connecticut art and artists”, February 1 – March 29, 1992, illustrated: color on page 11, shown as Moonlight, 1887.
– Academy Notes, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Art museum notes“, January, 1909, volume 4, number 8, page 120-124, not illustrated.
– Academy Notes, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Third annual exhibition selected American paintings at the Albright Art Gallery third paper“, August, 1908, volume 4, number 3, page 33-37, not illustrated.
– Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, exhibition catalog, “Third annual exhibition of selected paintings by American artists“, April 30 – August 30, 1908, #25, not illustrated.
– Saint Botolph Club, Boston, MA, Exhibition Catalog, “Paintings by Emil Carlsen“, January 6-24, 1908, #1, not illustrated.

Related Works:

ECA Notes:

– Polk Museum of Art, St, Lakeland, FL, “Connecticut art and artists”, February 1 – March 29, 1992, illustrated: color on page 11, shown as Moonlight, 1887.
…”It is said that Danish-born Emil Carlsen had intended to go to Old Lyme around 1905, but a railroad agent gave him a ticket to Lime Rock instead.  Looking around his chance destination and finding nearby Falls Village to his liking, he bought a house and settled there permanently near the Housatonic River in the northwestern corner of the state.  There is something here, too, of luminist quietism; his work Moonlight which has something of Barbizon moodiness, the painting, in particular, is reminiscent also of Albert Pinkham Ryder’s darkness and a reminder of Carlsen’s close friendship with J. Alden Weir, at whose Windham residence Carlsen was sometimes a guest.”…

– Academy Notes, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Art museum notes“, January, 1909, volume 4, number 8, page 120-124, not illustrated.
…”There are exceptionally fine landscapes by…Emil Carlsen…and Emil Carlsen’s exquisite Windham Hill, Moonlight—shown last summer in Buffalo.”…

– Academy Notes, Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, “Third annual exhibition selected American paintings at the Albright Art Gallery third paper“, August, 1908, Volume 4, Number 3, page 33-37, not illustrated.
…”There are only eleven pictures in Gallery V, but almost every one of them may be characterized a masterpiece. On the south wall, opposite the entrance from the Sculpture Court, at the sides of the doorway to Gallery II, are…”Moonlight, Windham Hill,” by Emil Carlsen, N.A….

Mr. Carlsen’s painting is a work of great subtlety and beauty. It is exceedingly simple in composition, but is wonderfully true to nature. The full moon lately risen, illuminates masses of cumulus clouds floating in the sky and casts a silvery sheen over the expanse of landscape. This is a picture which is not fully seen in the moment. It grows upon one the longer he regards it. Mr. Carlsen undoubtedly is destined to rank as one of the highest exponents of landscape painting in this country. He is distinctively individual in vision, interpretation, and expression. This picture is a veritable master piece and years hence will be far more highly appreciated than it is to-day.”

Price History:

 

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Record Birth Date:
August 5, 2016

Last Update:
May 13, 2017

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