The impressionist palette and tapestry-like brushwork in Connecticut Hillside fully capture Carlsen’s distinctive approach to landscape. At the turn of the twentieth century, he began spending time atthe Branchville, Connecticut, farm of his friend and fellow painter Julian Alden Weir. Inspired by his time there, Carlsen was determined to find his own retreat from city life, and in 1905 he purchased a home at Falls Village, in the northwestern corner of the state, where Connecticut Hillside was painted around 1925.
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Housed in its beautiful original Thulin frame, the impressive composition was shown at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts earlier that year and in the fall of 1926 was sent to the Carnegie Institute’s international exhibition in Pittsburgh, earning a spotlight mention in a local review: “Emil Carlsen in ‘Connecticut Hillside’ No. 18, blanches his blues and greens into an opaquely silvery version of reality. He justifies his imposition of color by sustaining the whole in a piercing key.” According to an August 1925 letter to Carlsen from Macbeth Gallery, the St. Louis Museum also specifically requested the painting for inclusion in their 1925 fall show, but the artist worried about the risk of damaging the frame by sending it to too many exhibitions. It remained in the artist’s collection until his passing in 1932, and descended within the family to his daughter-in-law’s estate by 1974. Vose Galleries represented it briefly in the late 1980s before it returned to a private Michigan collector, and it now comes back to the gallery from a local Boston family.
 “International Art Show Continues to Attract Attention,” by Penelope Redd Jones. Pittsburgh Daily Post, October 31, 1926
 See correspondence between Carlsen and Macbeth Gallery. Macbeth Gallery records, 1838-1968, bulk 1892-1953. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Collection of the artist until his passing, 1932
By descent to his wife, Luella May Carlsen, 1932 until her passing, ca. 1958
By descent to Emil and Luella’s son, Dines, ca. 1958 until his passing in 1966
By descent to Dines’ widow, Florence B. G. S. Carlsen, 1966
To estate of Florence B. G. S. Carlsen upon her passing, 1974
From the estate to private collection, Grosse Point, Michigan, sometime between 1974 and 1984
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 28629, April 1987
Returned to owner, April 1988
Eventually to private collection, Boston, Massachusetts
1). (in white chalk on right side of frame) Summer Hillside
2). (in white chalk on left side of frame) Carlsen
1). Stamp on top stretcher: 1534
2). Stamp verso of panel: ESTATE OF / Florence G. Carlsen (in circle)
1). 120th Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, February 8 – March 29, 1925
2). Twenty-Fifth International Exhibition of Paintings, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, October 14 – December 5, 1926 (according to emilcarlsen.org)
3). Pere et Fils: Art of Emil and Dines Carlsen, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania, August 20 – October 23, 1977