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Reception for Carlsen’s ‘Quiet Harmonies’ set for today

September 9, 2018
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Emil Carlsen, American, born Denmark, 1853-1932, The Heavens Are Telling, circa 1918. Oil on canvas, 24 x 38 inches. Gift of Ruth Woods Dayton to the Huntington Museum of Art, 1967.1.47.

HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Museum of Art presents the exhibit “Emil Carlsen’s Quiet Harmonies” now through Sunday, Nov. 4. A free opening reception for this exhibit takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, with a presentation by Jody Lamb of Ohio University.

The exhibition is organized by the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana, and will be drawn in part from two private collections that include works by Carlsen that are not well known to aficionados of American painting. Additional works are included from museum collections, including that of the Huntington Museum of Art, with both The Heavens Are Telling and The Surf, Rocks and Water among the selections. Both HMA works are part of The Daywood Collection, and were acquired by Arthur Dayton during Carlsen’s lifetime. Mr. Dayton held Carlsen in the highest esteem, and was an admirer of both his landscapes and his religious subjects.

While Danish-American painter Emil Carlsen (1853-1932) has received much acclaim for his still-life paintings, he was also an accomplished landscape painter who was lauded by critics and collectors during his lifetime. He was also a gifted teacher who influenced generations of artists through his insightful instruction and thoughtful philosophy.

He maintained close friendships with many of the leading American painters of his day, including John Twachtman and J. Alden Weir, and won numerous awards for his works.

The exhibition is supported in part by grants from the scan design foundation, Seattle, Washington; the American-Scandinavian Foundation, New York; and numerous private sponsors. This exhibit is presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

Additional support from Adam Booth, in memory of Jean Kaplan Dunn; Robyn and Derek Chapman, in memory of Carole Rison; Dr. and Mrs. Peter Chirico, in memory of Dr. and Mrs. William R. Finnegan; Mrs. Dolores Cook, in memory of Willis Cook; David and Roberta Gang, in memory of Shirley Gang; Mr. and Mrs. Ben McGinnis, in honor of Deborah McGinnis; Janina Michael, in memory of Mark Lenning; and Ora Muth, in honor of Mary H. Hodges.

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