Study in Grey
Emil Carlsen ( American, 1853 - 1932 )
Emil Carlsen, like John Singer Sargent, was fascinated with the representation of variations of the color white. He often included white cloths, onions, and garlic in his still lifes in order to afford him an opportunity to depict these variations.
Emil Carlsen discussing still life paintings: "...the study of still life should be made interesting from the beginning; the objects selected for their beauty of line and color; and here let me advise the choice of whites and greys. Some of the best pictures of Chardin, the very greatest still life painter, are limited in their color schemes, but the colors are of the choicest quality."
- Emil Carlsen Archives
Learn more about the artist and his works at the Emil Carlsen Archives.