Saturday, March 27, 2010
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
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 (email@example.com), 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
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
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."
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
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 firstname.lastname@example.org