American, (1875-1945)
"Snow Flurries"
oil on canvas
signed lower right "John F. Carlson," signed and titled on the reverse

oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches

  • Provenance: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York (A gift of the friends of John F. Carlson, 1947); Private Collection, New York.

    Framed dimensions: 34 5/8 x 44 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

    John F. Carlson was an influential teacher of landscape painting in the early 20th century. He taught for decades in Woodstock, New York and in 1922 published Elementary Principles of Landscape Painting– a volume that was republished in 1953, 1958, 1970 and 1973. His tonalist landscapes, like the present example, reflect his success as an artist and the allure of his technique.

    Carlson was born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1884 to Buffalo, New York. There he studied at the Albright School of Art and was awarded a scholarship to the Art Students League in New York where he became a pupil of Frank Vincent Dumond.

    In 1903, Carlson went to Woodstock, New York to visit the newly established art colony, Byrdcliffe. There, he studied under Birge Harrison who became a mentor and friend. In 1906, Carlson was instrumental in moving the summer program of the Art Students League to Woodstock. Following Harrison's retirement in 1911, Carlson became the new director of the school.

    In 1922, Carlson established the John F. Carlson School of Landscape Painting where he taught until his death in 1945. Given his teaching schedule, Carlson primarily worked on his own landscapes in the fall and winter. The current lot, which he titled "Winter Flurries" is a prime example of one of his winter landscapes.

    Carlson's works were exhibited widely during his lifetime and won numerous prizes for his paintings including awards from the Salmagundi Club, the Panama-Pacific Exposition and the National Academy of Design. He exhibited in shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the FIne Arts and the Corcoran Gallery in D.C. Today, Carlson's landscapes can be viewed in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian American Art Museum among others.

    Tags: listed artist, oil painting, 20th century, landscape, snow scene, winter landscape, American Impressionism
  • Condition: overall very good condition; unlined canvas; minor frame rub in the upper left corner; recommend cleaning and varnish
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