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Emil Carlsen : Self portrait [version 1], ca.1920.

January 1, 1920
Emil Carlsen : Self portrait [version 1], ca.1920.
Emil Carlsen : Self-portrait, ca.1920.

Emil Carlsen : Self portrait, ca.1920.

Emil Carlsen : Self-portrait, ca.1920.

Emil Carlsen : Self portrait, ca.1920.

Emil Carlsen : Self-portrait, ca.1920.

Emil Carlsen : Self portrait, ca.1920.

ECA record control number: 4920

Archives of American Art #: 08650287

Record level: Item

Record type: Movable work

Work title: Self portrait [version 1]

Alternate work titles:
2018 : Self portrait [version 1]  [title added to to help clarification by ECA]
1975 : Self portrait  [from exhibition catalog]

Work date: ca.1920  [date based on final version of work listed on museum website]

Work creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work medium: Oil on canvas
Work dimensions: 35-1/2 x 29-1/2 inches

Inscribed / signed front: Unsigned with estate stamp on verso stretcher.

Marking type: White horizontal rectangular exhibition label, unknown exhibition.
Location: Verso top middle stretcher, stapled.
Text: ‘[all typewritten] TITLE: SELF PORTRAIT / MEDIUM: OIL ON CANVAS / COLLECTION: PRIVATE / NFS [in pencil handwritten small in lower left corner]’.

Marking type: Ink stamped gallery information.
Location: Verso bottom middle stretcher.
Text: ‘[stylized logo at left, stamped] WR / WORTSMAN ROWE NYC / Paintings Acquired From / MRS. DINES CARLSEN / FALLS VILLAGE CONN. / EMIL AND DINES CARLSEN / NUMBER / E-163 [hand written in black felt maker]’.

ECA Category: People
ECA Sub-Category: Portraits

Archives of American Art Subjects:
Portrait male
Portrait male — Carlsen, Emil

Description of work:

Provenance / ownership:
2018 [tba] ;
2018 ( 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 ) ;
ca.2002 Private collection of [unknown], San Francisco, CA ;
ca.1990s ( Pierre Art & Antiques [2002-2012], 110 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA, owner Pierre Clauzon [ca.1950s-60s-?], became art dealer in the 1990s ) ;
ca.1975 Private collection of Pierre Clauzon [ca.1950s-60s-?], Petaluma, CA ;
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 Private 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.1920 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist .

Exhibition history:
2018 Bonhams [1793- ], New York, NY, “American Art”, November 19.
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:
– Bonhams [1793- ], New York, NY, online auction catalog, “American art”, November 19, 2018, lot #[tba], illustrated: color.
– Rubicon-Wortsman Pub., San Francisco, CA, exhibition catalog, ”The art of Emil Carlsen 1853-1932”, 1975, #6 and cover, illustrated: b&w.

Related works:
Self-portrait, ca.1920.

ECA notes:

– Sent images and information direct from Bonhams via email id#DB7PR10MB2297B8DA1BFC13D05DFD1889F1050@DB7PR10MB2297.EURPRD10.PROD.OUTLOOK.COM on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 5:21 PM.

– As a studio artist, Emil Carlsen, would, on occasion, create copies of his works, repaint a work in another medium, or make variations of a composition from his original color studies and trace paper transfer contour drawings.  Only a handful of trace paper drawings are known to exist by the artist, one a portrait of his son, Dines, ca.1930.  Carlsen’s wife, Luella, requested that her husband make copies of family portraits for “Mrs. Carlsen’s collection” based on notes by the artist to his gallery, ca.1919.  Carlsen created at least two variations of a portrait of his son, Dines in ca.1922—around the same year as the painting Self portrait [version 1], ca.1920—several versions or copies of Dines in 1912, another two portraits of his son, Dines, and wife, Luella, together in 1912, two versions of a portrait of Luella, in 1912, and two versions of his son Dines in 1930.  The painting Self portrait [version 1], ca.1920 is likely an earlier version of the the painting, Self-portrait [version 2], ca.1920, owned by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  The work in the NPG is a stiffer and more formal version of the composition.  Carlsen’s earlier studies, versions and sketches all demonstrate a freer, looser feel across all genre and it stands to reason that this version is most likely the precursor to the NPG version.

Carlsen painted only about seven self-portraits during his lifetime in a career that produced about 1,800 works or less than 1%.

Price history:
2018 – [tba]  [auction]


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Record birth date:
February 21, 2017

Last updated: September 15, 2018 at 15:06 pm


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