(Danish, born 1924)
STILL LIFE OF APPLES
Oil on Canvas
24 x 29 Inches
Signed Lower Right "Joh. C."
Johannes Carstensen first studied at the Copenhagen Art Academy with Aksel Jorgensen. His paintings from this early period are characterized by a somber, earth-toned palette. During his subsequent studies in Paris and the South of France, he was influenced by the works of Vincent Van Gogh and Georges Braque and developed his a deeper understanding of Modernist color-theory. At this point, his palette brightened considerably and this tendency was reinforced when he moved to Odsherred and joined the circle of Karl Bovin. Here, he created vibrant plein-air landscapes and seascapes in an expressionist style, although he never entirely deserted his earth-toned palette which continued to be found, subtley integrated, into these later and brighter works. Carstensen worked and taught in many media and materials including stained-glass and ceramics. His subject matter, however, consistently tended towards landscapes, still-lives and figural works, always dramatically-composed and with clearly-defined color relationships. A popular lecturer at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Art, Carstensen became both an influential teacher and avante-garde art-theorist and was the recipient of numerous medals and juried awards. We are pleased to offer an exceptional still-life, dating to circa 1950, by this notable Danish Modernist.
Davenport’s Art Reference Guide, 2007/8 Edition, p 468; Kurt Sorensen: Odsherreds Painters, 1989; Kunstindeks Danmark & Weilbachs Kunstnerleksikon; AskArt, The Artists’ Bluebook; et al.
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