Emil Carlsen was brought up in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. He studied architecture at the Royal Academy for four years when he finished, he emigrated to the United States in 1872, choosing to live in Chicago.
Interested in art, he first worked as an architect's assistant and studied with the Danish marine artist Lauritz Holst in Chicago. However, Holst returned to Denmark, leaving his studio to Carlsen. He made rapid progress and was appointed the first teacher of drawing and painting at the Chicago Academy of Design, Emil Carlsen sought more training and left for Paris in 1875, studying with the still life painter Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin.
Emil Carlsen returned to New York and again struggled to sell his paintings. In 1879 he held an auction to help ease his financial burden but ended up selling only a couple of paintings. The acceptance of his still life in the exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1883 was the first noteworthy event of his career. In 1884 he returned to Europe, painting commissions of floral still lifes to support his studies. Eventually, he turned his back on the demand for pretty flowers. In 1885 Carlsen had two works accepted at the Paris Salon.
Returning to New York finding that it was still difficult to sell paintings he moved to San Francisco where between 1887 and 1889 he held a position as director of the California School of Design. He then moved on to teach at the San Francisco Art Students until 1891. During those years he influenced many of young students, among them Guy Rose, a Southern California painter who would become a leading Giverny Impressionist.
Despite the fact that he was thought to be one of the most respected American painters, Emil Carlsen struggled monetarily for the first several decades of his career. The Macbeth Gallery in New York was the first gallery that represented a considerable many of the American Impressionism artists. After Carlsen joined the gallery, his sales improved and for the first time he was able to live comfortably without financial stress
Art Movement: Impressionism.
Artists Carlsen Influencing: Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Lauritz Holst.
He Traveled To USA, France.
Painters Emil Carlsen Influenced: Guy Orlando Rose.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.