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Nantasket Beach

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1876

Artist:

Emil Carlsen
American, born Denmark, 1853–1932

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Emil Carlsen

Title

Nantasket Beach

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1876

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed and dated lower right: "Nantasket Beach S. EM. C. 76 26/6"

Dimensions

38.7 × 66.8 cm (15 1/4 × 26 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Friends of American Art Collection

Reference Number

1940.1087

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