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

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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American Art

Artist

Emil Carlsen

Title

Nantasket Beach

Origin

United States

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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