Greenwich Time, Greenwich, CT, “Peonies by Emil Carlsen a treasure of the Bruce Museum”, September 6, 2016, accessed online on September 8, 2016 at http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Peonies-by-Emil-Carlsen-a-treasure-of-the-Bruce-9205798.php
Peonies by Emil Carlsen a treasure of the Bruce Museum
Published 4:03 pm, Tuesday, September 6, 2016
GREENWICH —The painting “Peonies” by Emil Carlsen has been one of the favored treasures of the Bruce Museum collection since it was first shown in an exhibition featuring the work of the Greenwich Society of Artists here in 1919.
One of three artworks purchased from that show, the painting represents the early history of the Bruce Museum’s collection. The nearly three-foot-tall oil on canvas is currently hidden from public view, held in secure, climate-controlled museum storage, but it has been featured in the Bruce’s 75th anniversary exhibition in 1987 and, more recently, in the 2001 show Art for the Great Estates: The Bruce Museum’s First Decade and in 2002 in Celebrating 90 Years: The Bruce Museum Arts Collection.
Danish-born Emil Carlsen is best known for his still lifes, but he also had success with marine scenes and landscapes. During his long career, Carlsen won many honors in American art and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Design. He taught art for more than 40 years in Chicago, San Francisco and eventually New York, where he became friends with Impressionist artists Julian Alden Weir, John Twachtman and Childe Hassam. After spending summers at Weir’s place in Windham Center, in 1905, Carlsen and his family purchased a home in Falls Village, in northwest Connecticut.
WORKS BY EMIL CARLSEN