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Emil Carlsen : Roses in a dish, 1893.

January 1, 1893
Emil Carlsen : Roses in a dish, 1893.



ECA record control number: 2362

Archives of American Art #: 63008019

Record level: Item

Record type: Movable work

Work title: Roses in a dish

Alternate work titles:
Roses in a dish

Work date: 1893  [from front of canvas]

Work creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work medium: Oil on canvas
Work dimensions: 16 x 28 inches [unframed] | 16-1/4 x 28 inches [unframed] | 15-1/2 x 27-1/4 inches [unframed] | 25-1/2 x 37-1/2 inches [framed]

Inscribed / signed front:
Location: At lower right.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘Emil. Carlsen. 1897.’.

Verso: [unknown]

ECA category: Still-life
ECA sub-category: Flowers

Archives of American Art subjects:
Object — Flower
Object — Flower — Rose
Still Life
Still Life — Flower
Still Life — Flower —  Rose
Still Life — Other
Still Life — Other — Container

Description of work:

‘”Still life painting must be of a well understood simplicity, solid, strong, vital, unnecessary details neglected, salient points embellished, made the most of, every touch full of meaning and for the love of beauty.”
—Emil Carlsen

Roses in a Copper Bowl is a quintessential example of Carlsen’s mastery of the floral still life, a genre which catapulted him to prominence as an artist. Before painting marine landscapes, Carlsen was first known as a one of the finest still-life painters of his era. Painted in 1893 during Carlsen’s period in New York, the picture contains the element of flowers with which he had already established himself, coupled with the ‘lightness of the dark shadows’ and the texture of the copper metal. No other artist, living or dead, compares to Carlsen in his mesmerizing ability to render copper, brass and bronze of every conceivable quality and shade of color, from high polish to heavy patina. They seem to self-generate their own light source they are so vivid and dynamic. Mixed with this was Carlsen’s ability to mix brushstroke techniques from tight and sharp to lose and impressionistic; the result is a canvas with a great variety of textures and tones.’

Citation: “Emil Carlsen > Roses in a dish, 1893,  Taylor | Graham website.  Updated [unknown].  Accessed December 14, 2020.  https://www.taylorandgraham.com/artists/67-soren-emil-carlsen/works/9445-soren-emil-carlsen-roses-in-a-dish-1893

Provenance / ownership:
after 2012 ( Taylor | Graham [2013- ], 32 East 67th St, New York, NY 10065 ) ;
ca.1999 Private collection of [unknown], New Canaan, CT ;
ca.1999 ( The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, CT ) ;
1999 ( Bonhams [1793- ], 7601 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046 | 580 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 | 220 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103 ) ;
1985 ( Sotheby’s [1744- ], 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021 ) ;

Exhibition history:
1999 Bonhams [1793- ], San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, “Sale”, June 17.
1985 Sotheby’s [1744- ], New York, NY, “Sale”, April 3.

References / citations:
Bonhams [1793- ], San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, sale catalog, “Sale”, June 17, 1999, lot #1014.
Sotheby’s [1744- ], New York, NY, sale catalog, “Sale #1123”, April 3, 1985, lot #6, illustrated.

Related works:

ECA notes:

Price history:
1999 – $4,600 USD  [auction] ;
1985 – [unknown] ;


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Image license:
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 12, 2014

Last updated: December 14, 2020 at 19:02 pm


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