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    EMIL CARLSEN (American, 1853-1932)
    Meadow Brook, 1905
    Oil on canvas
    19-5/8 x 23-1/2 inches (49.8 x 59.7 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: Emil Carlsen 05

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    Graham Williford's fondness for American Tonalism led him to admire the work of Emil Carlsen. This blond and luminous landscape was the most important work by Carlsen in his collection, although we do not know when and where he acquired it since, as Arthur Phelan noted, "his sister burned years of his checkbooks, which would have been a great addition [to] the provenances in this catalog." In addition to this landscape, Williford also owned two small figurative works by Carlsen which sold in the first Williford painting sale at Heritage Auctions, May 15, 2012--an early portrait of a young woman from the 1880s (lot 64422) and a 1921 oil study of a figure in a hat seen from behind (lot 64530). This beautifully-designed landscape in a nearly-square format, with its low horizon, high active sky, and deep blue water carving a path between two banks of trees was a spot Carlsen explored a number of times. A painting of the same locale with somewhat deeper coloration also from 1905 sold through Phillips, New York, May 21, 2002, lot 48.





    Condition Report*:

    Lined canvas. Painting is presented in a Newcombe-Macklin frame.Under UV examination painting is quite clean. There are  a couple dots of inpaint in the clouds, probably strenthening in the reflection in the smaller tree on the left in the water, and possibly some strenthening in the darks in the foliage on the right side. Paint film in in fully stable condition. Framed Dimensions 24.25 X 28.5 Inches

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