This large oil on canvas painting from Denmark depicts a woman and a man on the shore of a serene body of water. The painting is signed in the lower right corner “N. F. Schiottz-Jensen 1883” and is surrounded by a frame adorned with foliate motifs. Two giltwood borders, each embellished with a carved repeating pattern, encircle an unadorned stained wood section.
The inviting painting features vibrant colors, hinting at a warm summer day where a woman stands on a pier with a shrimping net in hand. Our female subject is clad in a brown ankle-length dress with a blue wrap at her waist and black shoes and hose. She is wearing a cream short sleeve shirt with a matching wrap on her head, tied with a red ribbon. Sitting on a wood railing next to her is man in a gray suit and black hat smoking a cigarette. There is an umbrella and a briefcase at his feet as he holds a stick in his left hand.
A clear blue sky dominates the background above green and yellow rolling hills. There is a small village on the distant shore on the right side of the painting. A large farmhouse stands alone near the left side of the painting. In the foreground is a rock-filled beach with fishing implements scattered about, including a small wooden boat with an anchor.
Niels Frederik Schiøttz-Jensen was born in Denmark in 1855. At the age of 18, Schiøttz-Jensen enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, gaining recognition for his realistic street scene paintings. After travelling to Paris and Italy for studying, his began to shift towards landscape and portraits. Schiøttz-Jensen frequently presented his works at various Copenhagen exhibitions, for which he was awarded two art prizes of the Academy (1886 and 1895) and an annual medal, first class, in 1895.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with minor rubs and nicks to frame. Acceptable losses to giltwood with light buildup. The frame has been professionally restored.