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Emil Carlsen
The South Strand
about 1909
oil
40 x 45 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans



Emil Carlsen came from a family of seascape painters, and he returned to the sea as a theme throughout his career. The South Strand reveals the artist's poetic approach to nature and his preference for images of serene moments over more dramatic scenes. The muted colors and delicate balance of the composition promote a sense of man in harmony with nature.