SONNE, Jørgen Valentin
(b. 1801, Birkerød, d. 1890, Kobenhavn)

Rural Scene

Oil on canvas, 121 x 96 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Carrying themselves like Roman goddesses, but dressed in red and white, the peasant girls walk through a Danish summer landscape. It is evening, the cows have been milked, and the Danish countryside is looking its best. Behind the ripe golden fields the cows rest next to a barrow, and the ocean can be glimpsed in the background.

The painting encapsulates the patriotic image of Denmark prevalent in the late Golden Age of Danish art.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.