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Laurits Andersen Ring, Road in the Village of Baldersbrønde (Winter Day)

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Full title Road in the Village of Baldersbrønde (Winter Day)
Artist Laurits Andersen Ring
Artist dates 1854 - 1933
Date made 1912
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 120 × 93 cm
Acquisition credit Bought with the support of a generous legacy from Mr David Leslie Medd OBE and with the support of Mr and Mrs Charles Booth-Clibborn, Sir Michael and Lady Heller, Mr Daniel Katz and other donors, 2015
Inventory number NG6658
Location Room 41
Collection Main Collection
Road in the Village of Baldersbrønde (Winter Day)
Laurits Andersen Ring

Laurits Andersen Ring often painted the small village of Baldersbrønde on Zealand, Denmark’s largest island, where he lived for a number of years. This painting is a fine example of his unsentimental approach to the realities of rural life. He uses an almost monochrome colour scheme to create a bleak winter scene. Despite the apparent simplicity of the painting, Ring demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of composition and perspective, as the strong diagonals of the road, hedge and line of trees are countered by the verticals of each tree and the upward thrust of the steep roofs.

The frame is almost certainly original, its simple format based upon a design favoured at the Copenhagen Salon’s annual exhibition around the turn of the century. It was specifically made for the painting when it was shown in a highly influential exhibition of contemporary Scandinavian art, which opened in New York in 1912 before touring the USA.

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