Laurits Andersen Ring
At Breakfast, 1898, oil on canvas.
Laurits Andersen Ring was one of the foremost painters of Danish symbolism. As a painter, he never distanced himself from his humble origin, but rather made it his dominant theme. Most of his paintings depict the village life and landscapes of southern Zealand.
On the painting Ring’s wife is surrounded by subtle symbols indicating his love for her, such as the myrtle branches above her head, a symbol of Aphrodite according to the Ancient Greeks, and used in Denmark to adorn the bride at weddings.