Sören Emil Carlsen
Late 19th / Early 20th c. Painter
Sören Emil Carlsen was a self-taught artist, born within a family of artists in Denmark. He emigrated to the United States in 1872, at the age of 19. He started his career as an architectural assistant, and subsequently made the decision to become a painter during his visit to Paris in 1875. He worked and taught in Boston, Chicago, Paris, New York, and San Francisco, before settling in New York in 1891. His subject matter concentrated on still-lifes, and his work captured the form and texture of objects, the subtlety of color, and the feel of compositional and light effects. In his later years he concentrated on landscapes and seascapes. He was especially known for his studies of the Niagra Falls area, in soft colors, emphasizing the beauty of nature.