Towering Steeps by John F. Carlson
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Towering Steeps by John F. Carlson

Towering Steeps by John F. Carlson

  • The great landscape painter John F. Carlson composed this impressive oil on canvas
  • Entitled Towering Steeps, the work embodies his highly distinctive style
  • Carlson's works are celebrated from their unique blend of Tonalism and Impressionism
  • Today, he is regarded among the greatest landscape painters of his generation
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John F. Carlson
1875-1947 | American-Swedish

Towering Steeps

Signed "John F. Carlson" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

In both its subject and its compositional style, Towering Steeps is a quintessential example of the work of the great John F. Carlson. An artist renowned for his astute interpretation of nature on canvas, Carlson is celebrated for his highly distinctive style that blended the Tonalism of George Inness and James McNeill Whistler with the vigorous brushwork of the American Impressionists. Both traditions are glimpsed in the present scene, which captures a soaring view of a snow-peaked mountain range on a sunny day.

Like Whistler, Carlson favored the compositional techniques most often found in Japanese art prints. Flattened perspectives, extreme cropping and unconventional vantage points set his landscapes apart from other artists of his generation. In addition, his works such as this display a poetic and powerful handling of color, one which borders on abstraction and achieves an emotional response from the viewer. Towering Steeps simultaneously appears calm and controlled and infinitely wild, the downed trees in the foreground the only indication of man's presence in the scene. Methodically composed, it possesses the very best qualities of Carlson's famed landscapes.

Born in Sweden in 1874, John Fabian Carlson moved to the United States with his family at the age of 10. He began his official art studies in 1902 after joining the Art Students League in New York, where he learned his craft under the tutelage of Frank DuMond and Birge Harrsion. Just one year later, he followed Harrison to Byrdcliffe, a newly-founded arts and crafts community in Woodstock.

The area was ideal for the young painter of landscapes with its scenic forests and hills. Carlson became so enamored of the region that he began to teach summer art classes there from 1906 until 1918, and eventually founded the John F. Carlson School of Landscape Painting in 1920. Nearly as celebrated for his teaching abilities as for his skill in painting, Carlson divided his time between his school and his art, generally producing works in the autumn and winter while teaching in the spring and summer. Today, his landscapes can be found in several museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), the Dallas Museum of Art, the Sheldon Museum of Art (Nebraska), and others.

Circa 1922

Canvas: 48 7/8" high x 58 7/8" wide
Frame: 61" high x 71 1/4" wide
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Framed:71.25"W x 61.0"H
Unframed:58.875"W x 48.875"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin:America
Subject:Landscape
Depth:4.0 Inches
Width:71.25 Inches
Height:61.0 Inches
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