Emil Ebers (1807 - 1884) was a first generation painting student: in 1830 he entered the Düsseldorf Art Academy, but soon returned to his homeland without having committed to a particular area. In 1837 he attended the academy for the second time and entered the master class with Henry Ritter and Rudolf Jordans. With these he undertook a trip to Holland and Normandy in 1839, which had a decisive influence on his works. In 1844 he moved to Breslau and a year later married Fanny Lessing, the sister of his painter colleague Carl Friedrich Lessing. From 1850 he lived in Gaffron near Lüben, Dresden, Görlitz and Beuthe on the Oder.
Together with Ritter and Jordan he formed the trio of "painters of beach life". His works determined subjects such as robbers, smugglers, fishermen and surreptitious traders who roamed the coasts of Normandy and Holland. The declaration of love on the Norman coast also belongs to this repertoire. It shows a scene from the life of the fishermen: a young man has taken courage and confesses his love to a young woman who is sitting on a rock in front of the harbor people present. A sailor whispers something to his neighbor, while a little girl is more interested in the spread of food. Behind the lover you can see fishing boats and the Norman cliffs. The details from the fishing tackle complete the scene.
Emil Ebers has found entry into many museums, such as the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf or the art museums in Frankfurt and Hamburg.