JOHANNES CARSTENSEN

(Danish, born 1924)

LANDSCAPE WITH VILLAGE

Oil on Canvas

27½ x 36¼ Inches

Signed Lower Right 'Joh. C.'

 

Johannes Carstensen first studied at the Copenhagen Art Academy under Aksel Jørgensen and his paintings from this early period are characterized by massivity of form with a generally somber and earth-toned palette. Continuing his art studies in Paris and southern France, he was influenced by the work of Vincent Van Gogh and Georges Braque and began to consciously apply scientific principles of modernist color-theory. From this point, his palette progressively brightened and lightened and the tendency was reinforced when he joined the circle of Karl Bovin in Odsherred. Here, he created rich and vibrant plein-air landscapes and seascapes in an expressionist style. However, he never entirely abandoned his earth-toned palette which became subtly integrated into these later works. Carstensen worked in many media and materials including stained-glass and ceramics. In painting, his subject matter tended towards landscapes and still-lives, always dramatically-composed and with clearly thought-out color relationships. Carstensen, himself, eventually became an influential art-theorist of modernism and a popular lecturer at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Art. Over the course of a long career, he exhibited widely and with success and was the recipient of numerous medals, prizes and juried awards.

 

Reference:

Kurt Sorensen: Odsherreds Painters, 1989; Kunstindeks Danmark, Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon; AskArt, The Artists’ Bluebook; Davenport’s Art Reference Guide, 2007/8 Edition, p 468; et al.

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