Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies


Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies
by William H. Gerdts, William Eric Indursky, and Robyn G. Peterson

Emil Carlsen (1848-1932) is counted among the diverse group of American Post-Impressionist and realist painters who flourished in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Carlsen’s lush, painterly, and deeply satisfying paintings took French Impressionism and later Tonalists’ work a step further in the direction of serenity and quiet sensory beauty. His work reflects the American tendency to appreciate concrete form and clear meaning in subject matter.

Carlsen was an immigrant from Denmark at the age of nineteen, and he brought European academic training to his new life. He taught for decades in Chicago and on both coasts, and he experienced the common plight of artists who struggled to sell their work in an American market that valued European work more highly than homegrown. This exhibition emphasizes the critical importance of artists such as Carlsen, who influenced generations of artists not only through their own work but through their effective teaching philosophies and methods.

This publication was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies.

Yellowstone Art Museum, March 22 through July 18, 2018.
Huntington Museum of Art, August 11 through November 4, 2018
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, December 1, 2018 through March 24, 2019

Book Information:
• $25 paperback
• 80 pages, 8″ x 10″
• Illustrations: 39 color plates
• Published 2018
• Subject: Art, Biography

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