Frits Thaulow was a Norwegian Impressionist painter of landscapes who had strong ties with France and its artistic circles. The brother-in-law of Paul Gauguin (through his first marriage) and a close friend of Claude Monet, Thaulow was deeply influenced by the French Impressionists and Post Impressionists. He lived in France from 1892 until his death in 1906; it is likely that A Garden Path was painted in 1892 in a village near Camiers, Pas-de-Calais, where Thaulow had settled.
The present work was acquired directly from the artist by Otto Wegener (1849-1922), the Swedish-born photographer highly sought after in Paris during the 1890s. His studio at 3, Place de la Madeleine was an active meeting place for artists, collectors, and members of the culture class. Wegener made several photographic portraits of Thaulow and his family and in turn Thaulow painted a number works for Wegener and his studio.