Sören Emil Carlsen
American, born Danish (1853-1932)
Roses and Oriental Porcelain, circa 1895
Oil on canvas, 24 7/8 x 14 ¾ inches
Signed Emil Carlsen lower left
19th-Century Watts Style Frame
One of America’s most distinctive still life painters, Emil Carlsen created works immediately recognizable by their oblique viewpoints, unique spatial treatment, and the poetic nature of the objects portrayed.
With the spiky jumble of foliage suggesting an interrupted floral arrangement, Roses and Oriental Porcelain challenges the conventions of traditional still life composition by focusing on the contrasts of color, light, and tactile experience to heighten the sensate pleasure of the objects.
Evanston, Illinois, Terra Museum of American Art, Two Hundred Years of American Painting from Private Chicago Collections, 25 June – 2 September 1983, no. 29