Emil Carlsen came to this country from his native Denmark when he was 19. He had some training as an architect, but it was not long before he decided he really wanted to be a painter. That decision was confirmed during his six month visit to Paris in his early 20s. He was greatly influenced, on that trip, by the great French still-life artist, Chardin. For the rest of his life, his work reflected his admiration for the Frenchman. But back in America he became close friends with Connecticut artists Willard Metcalf, Childe Hassam and J. Alden Weir; and Carlsen eventually became widely admired for the quiet, almost dreamlike Connecticut landscapes he loved to render with great care and craftsmanship.