Herman Alfred Leonard Wahlberg E

Stockholm, February 13th 1834 – October 4th 1906, Tranas (Sweden)

Alfred Wahlberg was born, in Stockholm, on February 13th 1834, from a painter father and a sculptor mother. Showing very young some talent for music, even being under the influence of his father for painting, Alfred Wahlberg went into the Royal Academy of music where he learned piano and clarinet. After his graduation, Alfred Wahlberg joined the “Göta Guardians Musikkar” orchestra and gave some piano lessons to make his living.
Following some lessons he took at the Swedish Royal Art Academy, in 1857 he moved to Düsseldorf, registering into the Kunstakademic painting school. He was a pupil of Hans Fredrik Gude (1825-1903).

Before returning to Sweden, he travelled to Holland and Belgium to complete his training. Back in Sweden, in 1862 he painted his most known art piece “Svenskt insjölandskap fran Kolmarden”, exhibited at the National Art museum.

He arrived in Paris in 1866 and participated to the following year Universal exhibition. At the 1868 Salon de Paris, he exhibited a sunset “View of the coast of Bohulän, Sweden” and a sunrise “View of Fjällbacka, on the coast of Bohulän”. He won a medal at the 1870 and 1872 Salons de Paris.

Specialist of Swedish landscapes, he exhibited at the 1878 Universal exhibition where he won a First class medal. He has been nominated Knight of the “Légion d’Honneur” in 1874 and up-graded Officer in 1878.

In 1896, he was living “rue de Paris” (Paris street) in Ecouen.

The famous writer Théophile Gautier (1811-1872) praised him. He was familiar with Pierre Edouard Frère (1819-1886) in Ecouen as well as Charles François Daubigny (1817-1878) and Léonide Bourges (1838-1909) in Auvers-sur-Oise.

Almost every summer, to study nature, Alfred Wahlberg was making short stays in Sweden.
He is died on October 4th 1906 in Tranas, Sweden.

For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXe siècle” (bilingual French-English).