Seated at the breakfast table reading the morning paper is the artist’s wife, Sigrid Kähler. Light streams in through the open door, and outside we can make out the lush green of summer. The year is 1898 and the Danish artist couple have been married for two years. The painting has been compared with Carl Larsson’s contemporary Sundborn pictures. And the newspaper – a copy of Politiken – serves as a reminder of the world outside.