Forår. De første anemoner. Springtime. The first anemones. Signed and dated H. A. Brendekilde 1889. Oil on canvas. 129×160 cm.
Literature: Gertrud Hvidberg-Hansen, “Brendekildes billedverden-stemming og skæbne”, 2001 p. 52–56, reproduced p. 55. The description below of Brendekilde's way of painting the forest scene is partly taken from the above-mentioned book.
H. A. Brendekilde shows an extract of nature. The motif stands as a closed “forest room”. "Trunks, branches and leaves have been cut at the edges of the painting, thereby causing the view of the clouds and the sky to be minimal. The focus is, instead, on the forest floor and the lower part of the trunks. Along with the two persons depicted, these elements appear as
the most important part of the painting".
The flowers in the foreground are sharp and clearly stand out, in contrast
to those in the middle and background, which are less sharp and nearly fade away.
The young girl Maren Kristine Hansen (1872–1956) was nanny in late part of the 19th century in the Brendekilde family: Ida Juliane Antonie Brendekilde (1860–1920) and H. A. Brendekilde (1857–1942). H. A. Brendekilde had an affair and they married in 1918 after he divorced his first wife. Maren Kristine was often used as a model in Brendekildes paintings.