Harbor Mists, Gloucester, Massachusetts is not one of Carlson’s more well-known woodland scenes, yet it is rendered with the tonalist palette for which he is best remembered and captures the atmospheric glow of a cool summer morning on the water.
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In 1942, he joined his former student Emile Gruppe in establishing the Gruppe Summer School at Gloucester, and this painting, done just one year before Carlson’s untimely death in 1945, captures a vantage point close to Gruppe’s gallery and studio on Rocky Neck Avenue.
Estate of the artist
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. C-46, ca. 1978
To private collection, Dedham, Massachusetts, May 1978
Eventually to small auction by 2014
To private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, July 2014 to present
1). (upper stretcher) “Harbor Mists”
2). (lower stretcher) John F. Carlson
3). (right side of frame) J. F. CARLSON
1). (stamp on top stretcher) Property of / Peter W. Carlson
2). Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc. / 15 Vanderbilt Avenue / New York, N. Y. / Artist: John Carlson / Title: Harbor Mists / Price: 500.°° Size: 25/30 / Bin No.: B15
1). “The Ultimate Harmonist,” by Gary Michael. Southwest Art, December 1978, illus. p. 67
2). “John F. Carlson: American Landscape Painter,” by Mary Towley Swanson, Ph.D. Artists of the Rockies and Golden West, Spring 1985, illus. p. 52
John F. Carlson, N.A. (1874-1945), Vose Galleries, Boston, from May 3, 1978, illustrated in catalogue