Swedish painter and etcher of figures, landscapes and still life. Born in Stockholm. Began his art studies at Carl Wilhelmson's painting school in Stockholm 1924, then spent 1924-5 in France; studied at the Académie Julian in Paris and painted some landscapes in the open air. Afterwards studied 1925-31 at the Royal College of Fine Arts in Stockholm. His early naturalistic style was modified under the influence of Wilhelmson, Nordström, Munch and the French Impressionists. On a visit to France in 1931-2, painted town and landscape studies in Paris, Picardy and Cagnes in the tradition of Monet. First one-man exhibition at the Konstnarshuset, Stockholm, 1934. Turned c.1934 to a more emotional and dramatic Expressionism, with darker and thicker colours, and from the mid 1940s placed increasing emphasis on heavy forms and monumental simplification, partly under the influence of Daumier and of ancient Sicilian tomb figures and earthen jars. Lived 1943-53 at Saltjö-Duvnäs, where he became the centre of a group of artists. Appointed professor at the Royal College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, in 1960. Has lived since 1953 in Drottningholm.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.458