“Tagensvej. Gråvejr”. Tagensvej. Cloudy weather. Signed and dated L. A. Ring 1903. Oil on canvas. 35×63 cm.
H. Chr. Christensen, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of L. A. Ring no. 502.
Provenance: Barrister Victor Fischer (1910). Winkel & Magnussen auction 303, 1943 no. 194 here incorrectly described as “Roskilde Landevej ved (by) Baldersbrønde”, reproduced p. 33.
The present painting is a preliminary work for “Lersøen. Landskab omkring Tagensvej. Efterår” (Lersøen. Landscape around Tagensvej. Autumn. H. Chr. Christensen no. 500), which Ring carried out in 1903 on commission from the City of Copenhagen, as one of two large paintings for the newly built Copenhagen City Hall, the other being “Udsigt over Roskilde Fjord. Tidligt Foraar” (A view of Roskilde Fiord. Early Spring). The final large paintings are wall-mounted over doors located in the health minister's conference room in Copenhagen City Hall.
The Department of Fine Art is grateful to the art historian Gitte Ditlevsen for her expert assistance.