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Emil Carlsen : Moonlight on Niagara, ca.1912.

January 1, 1912
Emil Carlsen : Moonlight on Niagara, ca.1912.


[pictures of verso withheld]

ECA record control number: 2917

Archives of American Art #: 83940013

Record level: Item

Record type: Movable work

Work title: Moonlight on Niagara

Alternate work titles:
2017: Moonlight on Niagara  [from online auction catalog.]
1975: Moonlight on Niagara  [from exhibition catalog.]

Work date: ca.1912  [dated based on documented date via a newspaper that Carlsen spent at Niagara.]

Work creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work medium: Oil on canvas
Work dimensions: 14-1/2 x 14 inches | 15 x 15 inches | 14-1/4 x 14-1/4 inches

Inscribed/signed front: Unsigned.


Marking type: Rectangular horizontal white gallery label with printed logo and printed and typed in black description.
Location: Upper middle-left wood frame verso.
Text: ‘Fine / Arts / Gallery / of San Diego [logo to the left of description block] / Exhibition: [printed with line below] Emil Carlsen [typed] / [blank printed line below] / Date: [printed with line below] Aug 23 – Oct 12, 1975 [typed] / Lender: [printed with line below] Mr. and Mrs. Gunnar [typed] / Anderson [typed with line printed below]’.

Marking type: Horzontal rectangular white identification label with printed text.
Location: Upper middle wood frame verso.

Marking type: Rectangular horizontal white auction inventory tracking label with black print and UPC tracking bar code.
Location: Upper middle-right wood frame verso.
Text: ‘10246878030006 / [UPC tracking bar code] / 24687803.PIC-AMP.6.SF.ron / SALE – AMP17111NY’.

Marking type: Rubber block stamp printed in red ink with handwritting in black grease pencil.
Location: Upper middle canvas stretcher verso.
Text: ‘WR [stylized letters/insignia left of the entire block of text] / WORTSMAN ROWE INC. / Paintings Acquired From / MRS. DINES CARLSEN / FALLS VILLAGE, CONN. / EMIL AND DINES CARLSEN / NUMBER / E – 159 [handwritten]’.

Marking type: Horizontal rectangular white gallery label with black print and handwritten descriptions in blue ball point pen.
Location: At upper left canvas stretcher verso.
Text: ‘WORTSMAN / WR [stylized logo] / ROWE GALLERIES INC. / 575 Sutter Street · San Francisco, California 94102 · (415) 433-1576 / TITLE [printed] MOONLIGHT ON THE WATER [above the word water is written] NIAGARA / ARTIST [printed] EMIL CARLSEN [handwritten] / MEDIUM [printed] OIL ON CANVAS [handwritten] SIZE [printed] 14-1/2 x 14 [handwritten] / NO. [printed] E – 159 [handwritten] DATE [printed] CAT # PRICE [printed] [scribbled out number 16] 19 [handwritten]’.

Marking type: Handwritten text in black pencil.
Location: Upper right canvas stretcher verso.
Text: ‘CAT # [scribbled out number 16] 19’.

Marking type: Horizontal rectangular white label with handwritting in pencil or ball point pen.
Location: Lower left wood frame verso.
Text: ‘PAUL’.

ECA category: Waterscapes
ECA sub-category: Falls

Archives of American Art Subjects:
Landscape — Rocks
Landscape — Time — Night
Landscape — Waterfall
Landscape — Waterfall — Niagara Falls

Description of work:

2017 Private collection of [unknown] ;
2017 ( Bonhams [1793- ], 580 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 | 220 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103 ) ;
ca.2011 Private collection of [unknown], Sonoma, CA ;
ca.1975 Private collection of Gunnar A Anderson [1915-2008] and Lucille K (Kindlund) Anderson [1921-2011], Chicago, IL ;
1975 ( Wortsman/Rowe Fine Arts, Inc. [1972-1975], 516 Sutter Street, San Francisco, California 94102 ) ;
1975 Estate of Florence B. G. S. Carlsen [1903-1974], Falls Village, CT, the artist’s daughter-in-law ;
1966 Private collection of Florence B. G. S. Carlsen [1903-1974], Falls Village, CT, the artist’s daughter-in-law ;
before 1966 Estate of Dines Carlsen [1901-1966], Falls Village, CT, the artist’s son ;
1932 Private collection of Luella May (Ruby) Carlsen [c.1869-before 1966], New York, NY, the artist’s wife ;
ca.1912 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2017 Bonhams [1793- ], New York, NY, “American art”, November 20.
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.

– Bonhams [1793- ], New York, NY, “American art”, November 20, 2017, lot #65, illustrated: color on the online catalog.
– “Soren Emil Carlsen: The Hammershoi of Manhattan” by Kim Lykke Jensen, Narayana Press, Gylling, Denmark, 2008, illustrated: color, page 63, figure 45.
– Rubicon-Wortsman Pub., San Francisco, CA, exhibition catalog, ”Art of Emil Carlsen: 1853-1932”, 1975, #19, illustrated: b&w.

Related works:

ECA notes:
– CONDITION REPORT 2017: Lined using wax as an adhesive and tacked to modern stretchers. Appears to be frame abrasion along the extreme outer edges. Under UV light there appear to be a few small spots of inpaint along the outer edges, likely to address frame abrasion, and a few pinpoint specks scattered throughout.

Price history:
2017 – $5,630 USD  [auction]


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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 26, 2014

Last updated: November 22, 2017 at 17:15 pm


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