“Parti fra Vesteregede”. Landscape from Vester Egede. Unsigned. Dated 1833. Oil on paper laid on canvas. 26×35 cm.
Thorvaldsen, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of Martinus Rørbye, 1981, no. M. 71.
Exhibited: Kunstforeningen, “Fortegnelse over M. Rørbyes arbejder”, 1905 no. 44.
Provenance: Hjalmar Lautrup (1905). Bruun Rasmussen auction 280, 1972 no. 355.
In the summer of 1832, Rørbye and his wife Rose, are staying with Rose's sister, Emilie, who was married to district judge Hans Lautrup (1796–1844) and lived at Christanslund in Vester Egede. Here, Rørbye had ample opportunity to draw and paint the beautiful landscape. In the present painting you can see the characteristic slightly hilly Sjælland (Zealand) summer landscape with forests, fields and small thatched farmhouses. In the middle, a little to the left in the picture, is the, at the time, whitewashed Vester Egede church, and in the background to the right you see the red roof tiles and whitewashed gables of Gisselfeld. A winding road in the foreground leads us into the picture and into the landscape.
The white medieval church no longer exists, today there is a red stone church in Romanesque style. The whitewashed manor house has been restored to its original style, a Renaissance red brick building. (See also cat. 10 and 26).
From this particular summer vacation, a small drawing by Rørbye is known, one that depicts an interior from the garden room at Christianslund, where the many female family members sit bent over their needlework (“Martinus Rørbye”, Thorvalden's Museum, 1981 no. 26). The boy, Hjalmar Lautrup (1828–1906), who is four years old in the drawing, sticks his head out behind the backs of two of his aunts. It is this little boy who in 1905 owns the present painting, when it is exhibited at Kunstforeningen. It is probably inherited from his parents, who may have received it as a gift from the artist as a thank you for the stay.