Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies

March 22, 2018 - July 8, 2018

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.

scan | design foundation
Deborah Anspach and John Hanson
Diane Boyer Jerhoff

American-Scandinavian Foundation
Robyn G. Peterson
Gareld and Barbara Krieg
BNSF Railway Foundation
Helen Lee and Emil Lassen Fund
Dr. Donald and Carol Roberts
Margit Thorndal in memory of Bill Thorndal

Ellen and Don Alweis
Lisa and Jeff Berke
Juni and Ray Clark
Kelly and Jim Coleman
Lawrence Campodonico and Benjamin Holmen
Renée Claire Tafoya
Paul and Ann Miller
Lynnelle A. Peterson
Linda Shelhamer and Stephen Haraden
Kay Foster and Mike Mathew
Dr. Ralph and Sheryl Costanzo
Val Jeffries and Alan Powers
Tim and Trish Matteson

Season Sponsor
David Orser and Ossie Abrams

Spring Exhibition Sponsor
U.S. Bank