Aug 13, 2008

Wood Interior

Wood Interior

c. 1910

Emil Carlsen

(American, 1848–1932)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 114 x 99 cm (44 7/8 x 39 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1926.488

Did you know?

Carlsen’s son Dines also became a professional artist, and the two exhibited together several times.


Through luminescent color, filtered light, and a subtle evocation of atmosphere, Carlsen created a quiet, meditative mood in Wood Interior. The delicate trees, trickling brook, and soft bed of the forest floor invite a tranquil retreat from bustling city life. The painting’s lighter palette is complemented by its custom-made gilded frame, which is crafted in muted 16-karat gold rather than the standard, more vibrant 18-karat.

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