From 1891-1894, Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer rented Madam Bendsen’s cottage in Skagen, and this is where Krøyer painted this picture. In the painting, Marie Krøyer sits in a deckchair with her dog, Rap, at her feet. The exuberance of the garden is emphasised by the flowering, white rosebush in the foreground, which completely obscures the house.
The rose bush is a historic rose variety called Alba Maxima, which can also be found in the garden of Skagens Museum today.
Krøyer’s picture has several similarities with two paintings that the French Impressionist Claude Monet painted in 1872. Roses is one of Krøyer’s masterpieces and his choice of motif and depiction of light make the painting a fantastic example of how Danish artists at the end of the 19th century were also influenced by the French Impressionists. The painting was given as a gift to Skagens Museum by an anonymous donor and is relatively new to the collection.