About this artwork
Trained in architecture in Copenhagen, Emil Carlsen emigrated in 1872 to Chicago, shifting his focus to painting. After further study in Paris, he relocated to Boston in 1876. Seaside tourism—a subject portrayed here by Carlsen and, more famously, by Winslow Homer—increased in popularity during the late 19th century. In Nantasket Beach Carlsen combined naturalism with a bright, light-filled palette, creating a plein-air seascape that harmonizes academic painting and Impressionism. Blue sky and white clouds fill much of the canvas. A woman with a parasol walks along the water’s edge, while two other figures rest in the sand and look out at the rolling waves and the ruins of a ship.
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- Arts of the Americas
- Emil Carlsen
- Nantasket Beach
- United States
- Oil on canvas
- Signed and dated lower right: "Nantasket Beach S. EM. C. 76 26/6"
- 38.7 × 66.8 cm (15 1/4 × 26 5/16 in.)
- Friends of American Art Collection