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  • Sold Date: Jul 13, 2009
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For any questions email me at or call me at i will be listing fine art paintings and bronze sculpture most of which was purchased at auction and from fine galleries. NR NO RESERVE! is another fine piece, it is quite stunning. this is an Original LARGE black Foret style wood carving by Swedish master carver EMIL JANEL it is fully signed and in quite good condition for its age. this auction is for the tall man in frock coat standing at the lectern. it is about 14 inches high. this is one of 2 that i have. i am only selling one in this auction. Emile Janel has auction records on Artprice in Sweden at Bukowskis auktion for 8,470.00 USD! Svenska


Emil Janel.(1897–1981) Emil Gottfred Janel was an artist born in the village Hansjö near Orsa Municipality in Dalarna County, Sweden. Although he was a respected still life painter, he is mainly known for his caricatures in the Scandinavian flat-plane style of woodcarving, and is considered by many to be the best of his genre.

Emil is said to have referred to his style as "exaggerated realism".

In 1923 Janel moved to Canada, then to Seattle, Washington. After some encouragement by a local store keeper, he eventually settled in San Francisco California with his wife and began study at what is now the San Francisco Art Institute. During the 1930's, he spent considerable time at Russian River, w he produced carvings of a local species of Alder Wood. It is said that he preferred that particular medium because of the similarity to flesh tones, and that he kept his carvings in a bucket of water to keep them wet while working on them. He used very thin aniline dyes on the non-flesh portions of his carvings. In 1965 he was awarded The Royal Order of Vasa (Kungliga Vasaorden) by the king of Sweden for his artistic contributions. In 1981 Emil Janel died in San Francisco.

Over 35 Janel carvings are part of the permanent collection of the American Swedish Institute, donated by collector, artist and author Ira Weissman.

References Master American Woodcarver - Emil Janel. Ira Weissman & John Matthews 1984 The Little People of Emil Janel. Thelma Winnie, October 1964 edition of Western Collector Magazine

Emil Janel was a master wood carver by any standard. He created life-like grizzled old men engaged in conversation, boxers engaged in the fight of their lifetime, beautiful Art Deco women, and even self contained figures carefully carved within a larger piece of wood serving as a framework for the figures inside.

And his artistic endeavors were not limited to his carving activities. Janel was a painter with a very modernist palette, using bright, even luminous, colors to create landscape and still life paintings.

Emil Janel was born in Orsa, Sweden in 1897. He began whittling at age six, and by 1921 was exhibiting his work in Stockholm. In the late 1920s he immigrated to San Francisco, w he studied at the California School of Fine Arts.

By the late 1930s Janel was spending much time at his cabin on the Russian River, w he produced carvings from the alder wood of that area. woodcarving sculpting

In 1965 Emil Janel was awarded the Royal Order of Vasa by the king of Sweden for his contribution to the arts. Janel passed away in San Francisco in 1981.