Saturday, March 27, 2010

Latest Info on Emil Carlsen: The Complete Known Works

The last two years have kept me more than busy.  Now there is some time to be able to focus on my painting and the final proofs of the book.  The Emil Carlsen book has over 1000 images and with new works arriving at auction it has really kept me scrambling.  But, there is a time when you must stop and just go with it.  So that time is rapidly approaching.  I am trying to approve the final proofs before late summer.  Here is the book abstract for those that are interested.  Several fans of Carlsen have contacted me and based on your suggestions I am now using a larger format than the 8.5" x 8.5" format. I have made it the largest printable format 12" x 12".  Now bulging at more than 1000+ pages the book will be in two volumes.  One with the essays and the other with the just the images and descriptions of each painting.  This way visually it is clean and simple.  Hopefully it will allow students to purchase the images without spending for the entire book.  The pages now are black and the description layouts are more simple and streamline.  Thanks to all for their kind suggestions!

Here is the book abstract:

Emil Carlsen: The Complete Known Works
Emil Carlsen, Danish American artist and educator [1848-1932] has won a major painting award every year of his life since the age of twenty-nine -- yet a comprehensive book about the man and his work has never been published. Carlsen's closest friends, who nurtured his painting technique included nineteenth century America's most prominent painters: Chase, Weir, Twatchman, and Hassam. Emil Carlsen's style blurred the line between Realism and Impressionism while remaining unique. A quiet loner, Emil's expansive body of work is nearly absent from every major museum around the world but has been preserved through the caring hands of private collectors making this an invaluable resource to collectors, scholars, and artists.

Emil Carlsen: The Complete Known Works lavishly illustrates more than one thousand paintings by the artist using reference images, authoritative essays and painting research including: provenance, exhibition history, bibliographic references, and past / current values. The biographical essay provided by Danish art historian, Kim Lykke Jensen (author of several Danish art books) with a technical essay by William Eric, realist painter/collector (represented by Art Modern Gallery and trained under Nelson Shanks, Andrea J. Smith, and Brandon Soloff) and Lansing Moore, licensed art conservator and owner of the oldest continuing running decorative arts studio in New York City (since 1902). Additional resources and help have been provided by the American Art Archives of the Smithsonian Institute, Sothebys, Christies, Spanierman Gallery, the Frick Museum, among others.

Why This Book?
-There is no book currently in print on Emil Carlsen. The last book in print about Emil Carlsen were exhibition catalogs from 1999 and 1975. Both are highly sought after in the out of print market, selling for hundreds ($250 on average) of dollars each with up to a two year waiting list for a copy. No book every has been written covering the artists entire life’s work.

- Emil Carlsen is considered among Classical Realist painting circles to be a hero and model. Classical Realism is one of the fastest growing segments of the art market today. Studios to learn Classical Realism have multiplied by about 100 times in the last five years. There were about 10 major studios of Realism just 5 years ago -- now there are about 150-200 studios worldwide.

- No past catalog on Emil Carlsen ever considered more than one or two areas/subjects of his work or has tried to view his work within context.

- Approximately 100 paintings or less of the 1000+ known works are in museums making this painter accessible to collectors and this book an invaluable resource. Many museums de-acquisitioned his work after his death to raise funds for more well known Impressionist artists (who were Emil Carlsen’s closest friends). Works by Carlsen regularly come up for auction (approximately 300-400 lots in the last 10 years) selling for approx. $1000 - $50,000 each. With the last 2 years selling at record levels.

- Emil Carlsen created art in a transitional period in history, similar to our own time, and is seen as relevant to today's artists and appeals to today's collector tastes. Realist artists today look to him for compositional ideas for still life and landscape paintings. Similar paintings that show his influence can be seen filling magazines like American Art Collector.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Emil Carlsen Auction Update and More Authentication Requests

I recently bid and won a beautiful Emil Carlsen from a reputable auction house - (Thanks Shannon's). I am now a proud Emil Carlsen original owner! I should get the painting soon from the auction house. The Dines Carlsen that was up for sale sold ABOVE auction estimate I believe for $19,000! Like I mentioned in my previous blog entry it was one of the best still life paintings I had seen by him.

I have been getting many requests to authenticate Emil Carlsen's world wide. I might be considered one of the few people who is an expert on Carlsen but I want to let people know that there are others to seek out as well as myself. You might want to have me review the item and then get a second opinion from Jeffrey Morseburg (, a long time respected dealer of Emil Carlsen works.

Unfortunately there seem to be a lot of FLORAL painting fakes. These had their height in the late 1980's at auction and today I had to tell someone that they owned probably a 1987 fake Carlsen.

I did also find a person who is looking to authenticate an Emil Carlsen on ARTINFO but I was unable to create a free account. I suspect it actually might be real and so that excites me!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Emil Carlsen Book Update III

This week I have been fortunate enough to help authenticate an Emil Carlsen from Denmark. It is very exciting as I just can not contain myself when I see his work in person. I will review with restorers and others to see if we can determine if it is a Chinese fake. Unfortunately, you must be very careful since I am starting to see more and more fake Carlsen's from China.

I would like to thank all those who are expressing interest in the book EMIL CARLSEN: THE COMPLETE KNOWN WORKS. I have been hard at work on the layout. The shear amount of images take hours to manipulate. I hope this is all done soon but, will not rush a book of this importance because it might possibly become the definitive book on his life and work.

This week there is a Dines and Emil Carlsen up at auction. Hopefully I will win the Carlsen as I plan to bid. Sadly the Dines (one of the best from him that I have seen at auction) is out of my price range.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Does Chris Peters Have A Few Sketetons in His Closet?

This month, artist and friend to, Chris Peters, is presenting "The End and After" from August 9 - 30, 2008 at the Copro / Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Chris is known for his Vanitas style paintings, one of the few who persue that genre with any consistency.

Of his work the gallery says: "Chris's paintings try to find the beauty in that uneasy twilight place between life and death, between reality and unreality, between self and what the write H.P. Lovecraft called "the others". The objects in the paintings draw from the classic symbolism of Vanitas stil life and catholic religious paintings; and all refer to the cycle of life, death and the promise of ressurection.

The Germans have a word "unheimlich" which translated is a blur between "uncanny" and "eerie" and perhaps comes the closest to describing Chris's work."

All our best from ClassicalRealist from what we are sure will be a great show.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Emil Carlsen Book Update

Thought i would update everyone on the new Emil Carlsen book I have been working on. Emil Carlsen: The Complete Known Works is really coming along. I have now identified about 750 paintings by Carlsen along with some Drawings. I have about 650 visual represenations gathered and more coming each day. Remember if you know of anyone that has an Emil Carlsen please have them contact me direct ( and I will add the item to the book. The book is looking like it will be about 850 pages. It will cost about $100-$200 bucks but it will be the ultimate book. It is taking more time than I ever imagined because I am researching and listing PROVENANCE for each painting, MATERIALS, SIGNATURE INFO, MEASUREMENTS, EXHIBITION HISTORY, etc. so much in a little book! So thanks for all those who keep expressing interest in the book and when it will be complete. Right now it still looks like it will be several more months.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Long Island Academy of Fine Art Expands

Long Island Academy of Fine Art Expands their program offerings, adds more students, faculty, and has a new building. For further information check out their web site:

Monday, January 14, 2008

David Kassan To Teach Figure Class at Salmagundi Club

David Kassan to teach figure drawing classes at Salmagundi Club on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 10:00pm. The class starts Wednesday, January 16th and is $15 per class with instruction and $10 without.

For more information please call the club at (212) 255-7740 or e-mail