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    EMIL CARLSEN (American 1853 -1932)
    The French Fan, 1922
    Oil on board
    15in. x 18in.
    Signed and dated lower left

    Born and initially trained as an architect in Denmark, Emil Carlsen was a distinguished American artist known for his still life paintings. A primarily self-taught artist who immigrated to Chicago in 1882, he returned to Europe, training in Paris and studying the Old Masters particularly the still lifes of Chardin. He was an instructor at the Chicago Academy of Design in the mid 1880s and director of the California School of Design in San Francisco from 1887 to 1891. Carlsen returned to New York, where he became a successful still-life painter and instructor at the National Academy of Design. In his time, he was considered the finest still life painter working and he stressed the study of inanimate objects to his students.

    This work shows a stylistic blend of Eastern and Western cultures with the French fan echoing the oriental theme established by the Buddhist figurines. The French fan is a souvenir and symbolic nod to the Impressionist style that defined his career during his travels in France while the figurines are likely a remnant of Carlsen's exposure to oriental mysticism from his years in California. This style of still life later became popular among California painters including Hovsep Pushman and Maurice Braun.

    Provenance: Newhouse Galleries, New York


    Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.

    Condition Report*: Minor retouching, right edge; overall excellent condition.
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    May, 2006
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