The Jade Bowl

Creation date
oil on canvas
35 x 29-3/4 in. 45-1/2 x 40-1/2 in. (framed)
Credit line
Gift of the Friends of American Art
Accession number
Not Currently On View

Although Dines learned to paint from his Danish-American father, Emile, both artists produced tonal arrangements inspired by James Abbott McNeill Whistler and 17th-century Dutch masters.

In this painting, Whistler's influence is especially apparent in the artist's use of a limited palette of yellow, black and green, and the simplified composition. 

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Dines Carlsen: Second-Generation Still Life Painter

The son of Soren Emil Carlsen, Dines became a well-known artist in his own right. Dines studied under his father. A precocious talent, he began exhibiting in 1915 at age fourteen and later became the youngest member ever voted into the National Academy of Design. He is primarily known for his still life paintings, but his landscapes are also highly regarded. At fifteen, his still life paintings were included in the 91st Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design and in the Sixth Biennial of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. Before the age of twenty, he had already won numerous prizes for his work.

The Jade Bowl, painted in the style of Dines’s father, is a remarkable demonstration of the young artist’s technical virtuosity. Dines distinguishes texture in the assembled objects through the play of light on each reflective surface.

Carlsen, Emil. The Art of Emil and Dines Carlsen. Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Altoona, Pennsylvania: Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, 1977.