Ernst Josephson (Ernst Josephson)

Ernst Josephson

Painter. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Stockholm, and in Paris and the Netherlands. As an ambitious young artist he declared, “I will be Sweden´s Rembrandt, or die”. In 1876 he received a Royal Medal for his painting “Sten Sture d.ä. befriar Drottning Kristina av Danmark”.  For most of his life he suffered from schizophrenia but continued to paint,  greatly influenced by fairy tales and myths. Josephson is also considered one of Sweden’s greatest portrait painters.  Two of his most recognized works are “Strömkarlen” (Näcken) and “Gåsalisa”. In 1889 he was honoured with a Silver Medal at the World Exhibition in Paris. He also wrote the poetry collections “Svarta Rosor” (1888) and “Gula Rosor” (1896).  (bio by: Peter Robsahm)


  • April, 16, 1851


  • November, 11, 1906


  • Northern Cemetery
  • Sweden

2398 profile views