Emil. Carlsen: Private Collection to Open at Salmagundi Club in August




SØREN EMILE “EMIL” CARLSEN (1848-1932) [RA 1903-1932] : STILL LIFE WITH FOWL AND COPPER POT, 1885. Oil on canvas; 17 x 33 in. Inscribed at upper left: ‘To My friend Van Boskerck, NY 87’. Note: The dedication was scratched into the dry paint two years later by Carlsen and given as a gift to his friend and fellow artist Robert Ward Van Boskerck [1855-1932] in 1887. Image courtesy Salmagundi Club
Beginning August 1, 2022 and continuing to September 30, 2022, Salmagundi will present Emil. Carlsen. : Private Collections, one of the largest New York exhibition of Danish-American artist Emil Carlsen (1848-1932) in nearly fifty years.  It will feature works drawn from several prominent private collectors of the artist’s works as well as long time dealers.

SØREN EMILE “EMIL” CARLSEN (1848-1932) [RA 1903-1932] : THE MANDARIN’S NECKLACE, 1915, oil on canvas; 27 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. Paintings by American Artists Macbeth Gallery 450 Fifth Avenue New York’.. Image courtesy Salmagundi Club.
The show will present approximately 35 works by Carlsen, a past member of the Salmagundi and former president of the club.  Emil Carlsen’s works were rarely collected by museums, unlike his fellow Salmagundian’s and contemporaries Childe Hassam and William Merritt Chase.  Approximately 95% of all Carlsen works are owned privately with less than 100 works part of museum collections.  Salmagundi is proudly one of the few institutions to own the artist’s work in their permanent collection.

Five unique still-life props used by Emil and his son Dines are included within the exhibition.  Some of the props where used for the still-life paintings presented.

A special still-life from Carlsen’s son, Dines, will demonstrate the influence of Emil on his son’s work.  Dines was a child painting prodigy and his work stands tall next to his father’s.

From Salmagundi’s palette collection, the largest American artist palette collection in the world, Emil Carlsen’s palette will accompany the exhibition.  The palette is a rare example in our collection of an artist showing the use of only primary colors and white.

Søren Emile “Emil” Carlsen (1848-1932). Image courtesy Salmagundi Club

The exhibition will display works by the artist from 1876 to the artist death in 1932 in  all genre including: still-life, landscape, portrait, marine painting and studies and sketches.

We would like to acknowledge the generous art loans that made this exhibition possible:
Dr. Eugene Stuart Arum, Syosset, NY
Thomas Colville Fine Arts, LLC
Debra Force Fine Art, Inc.
The Frederick R Koch Foundation
Christopher & Simone Mailman, New York, NY
National Arts Club, New York, NY
Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, NY

Emil. Carlsen: Private Collections will be on view from August 1 through September 30, 2022 in the Grand Parlor. Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, between 11th/12th Streets in Greenwich Village. Free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 1pm to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

While you’re there, don’t miss the Annual Open Photography Exhibit & Sale in the Rockwell Gallery, free and open to the public through August 5, 2022.

Take a look behind the walls of the historic Salmagundi Club.