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Lauritz Andersen Ring (Danish, 1854-1933)
Lauritz Andersen Ring (Danish, 1854-1933)

A winding path

Lauritz Andersen Ring (Danish, 1854-1933)
A winding path
signed and dated 'L A Ring 93' (lower right)
oil on canvas
11 ½ x 17 ½ in. (29.3 x 44.5 cm.)
The great-grandparents of the present owner,
Thence by descent.

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Lot Essay

Henry Wivel praised L.A. Ring as “the painter of roads par excellence within Danish art” (H Wivel, L.A. Ring, Copenhagen, 1997, p.50). Roads were a recurring motif in Ring’s oeuvre, and in the present work the dappled path which occupies the entire width of the lower picture plane leads into the foreground of the sunlit house. However, the focus of the artist does not fall on the road alone, but also on the painter’s relationship to that inviting track. In laying the road at our feet, Frederiksen suggests that Ring is not simply inviting the viewer forward, but characterizing “his own role in the landscape as that of a wayfairer, to signify that he perceives himself as being constantly on the move” (F. T. Frederiksen ‘Ring’s Roads’ in ed. P.N. Larsen, L.A. Ring On the Edge of the World, Copenhagen, 2006 p.150). In doing so, the depicted scene communicated not only a certain place in time, but the buildings and landscape become timeless whilst Ring shows himself not “as resting in the landscape, but wandering or moving through it” (ibid., p151).

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