Carl Carlsen is a little-known Danish painter from Copenhagen. His cousin was the famous Danish marine painter, Viggo Johansen
As his father had been a grocer, it would be tempting to identify the incident in our painting as a personal souvenir of Carl Carlsen.
About Carl Carlsen
Copenhagen 1855 – 1917 Copenhagen
Genre scene and landscape painter.
Our Carl Edvard Otto Carlsen was the son of Carl Adolph Junius Carlsen.
Pupil of the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen between 1874 and 1879.
He studied painting in Paris in 1882 and 1883.
He may have also learned and worked alongside his cousin, the famous Danish marine painter, Viggo Johansen (1851-1935).
Carlsen married in 1885 the daughter of a Copenhagen telegraph assistant, but later divorced.
At least one landscape by Carlsen has been “Russified” by fakers, according to the historian Vladimir Petrov from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The large canvas (94 X 126 cm) was sold by Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers in Copenhagen in June 2004 and was subsequently turned into an Alexander Aleandrovich Kiselev (1837 – 1911) in Moscow. The human figures were removed, the clouds were thinned, and the surface of the water was covered with duckweed, making the picture look like a typical river landscape by the Russian painter.
About our painting
Carlsen was the youngest of three sons of the upper-middle class grocer Carl Adolphus Junius Carlsen and the housewife/hobbyist floral painter Anna Dorothea Raae. Could our comical scene actually portray his parents? This is indeed plausible, as in 1888 his father, if still alive (I was unable to find the year of his death) would have been 73 years old, his mother had passed away the previous year in 1887, aged 74. It is tempting to identify the incident in our painting as a personal souvenir of Carl Carlsen.