About this artwork
Emil Carlsen combined naturalism with a bright, light-filled palette, creating a seascape that harmonizes academic painting and Impressionism. Blue sky and white clouds fill much of the canvas. The scene portrays a leisurely moment: two figures rest in the sand and look out at the rolling waves while a woman with a parasol walks along the water’s edge. Seaside tourism in New England—a subject portrayed here by Carlsen and, more famously, by Winslow Homer (on view nearby)—increased in popularity during the late 19th century, offering a respite from growing industrialism.
Trained in architecture in Copenhagen, Carlsen immigrated in 1872 to Chicago, shifting his focus to painting. After further study in Paris, he relocated to Boston in 1876, the year he executed this work.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of the Americas
- Emil Carlsen
- Nantasket Beach
- United States (Artist's nationality)
- 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