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Dines Carlsen USA, 1901-1966Type: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 43 x 33 inches
Frame Dimensions: 53½ x 43½

National Academy of Design, 1928 (Entry Number 1251)
Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc., New York, New York
The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas
Parrish Art Museum, Southamption, New York, Paintings form the Colleciton of Mr. and Mrs. Haig Tashjian, April 17 – June 6, 1982
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina, American Realist & Impressionist Paintings from the Colleciton of Mr. & Mrs. Haig Tashjian, March 10 – April 22, 1984

About the Artist
Landscape and still-life painter Dines Carlsen, son of artist Emil Carlsen, was born in New York in 1901. Naturally gifted, he studied with his father, and began to exhibit in large international shows at the age of fifteen. Public interest in the work of Dines Carlsen was furthered at the sale of the estate of William Merritt Chase, whose collection included a painting by the young artist. He and his father were artist members of Grand Central Art Galleries, and in 1968, a joint exhibition honoring their work was presented. “The Emil and Dines Carlsen Award,” of the National Academy of Design is named after the father-son tandem of painters.

The present work is very much in the style of his father’s still-life painting. Greatly influenced by the still lifes of French painter Jean Baptiste Chardin (French Rococo era painter, 1699-1779), his father’s work is widely recognized for combining traditional representational art with impressionistic approaches to color and light, and is credited for endowing still-life painting with a dignity that would soon be lost in changing artistic fashion. Stylistically unique, their still lifes focused on the soft play of light over carefully composed arrangements of common kitchen utensils and elegant oriental objets d’art integrated into heavily worked abstract backgrounds. Although known primarily for his early still-life paintings, Dines Carlsen was also highly regarded for his landscapes, which he painted on vacations throughout the United States and Mexico. He lived for many years in Falls Village, Connecticut, and had a home in Summerville, South Carolina. Carlsen was elected to membership in the National Academy of Design, New York City as an Associate in 1922, and an Academician in 1941.

In 1916, when the artist was only fifteen years old, one of his still lifes was included in the 91st Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, and another in the Sixth Biennial of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He won the Third Hallgarten Prize of the National Academy in 1919 and the Second Hallgarten Prize in 1923. Carlsen died in New York in 1966.

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