The biography of Alfred Wahlberg (1834 - 1906)

Alfred Wahlberg (1834-1906) was a Swedish painter.

Alfred Wahlberg was born February 13, 1834 in Stockholm. His father was a craft painter and his mother was the daughter of an Italian sculptor. The young Wahlberg learned his father’s profession, but when he showed early musical talents, he became a pupil at the Academy of Music, where he studied piano and clarinet.

In his early years he was not very successful. He gave piano lessons and even signed at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, although he never was enrolled as a student. In 1856, he was able to sell a painting for the first time and the following year he moved to Dusseldorf.

There he was a short time student of Hans Gude, but mostly he painted on his own. Further sales have enabled him to travel to Holland and Belgium, after he returned Stockholm in 1862 and he remained there four years and became a member of the circle of artists around Karl XV.

After Wahlberg settled in Paris in 1866, in 1868 he issued two paintings which describe his transition from Düsseldorf School to modern French style.

At the 1878 World Expo Wahlberg has been recognized a first-class medal. He became a member of the Swedish Art Academy in 1866, and in 1880 he became deputy professor without teaching obligation.

Almost every summer he stayed in Sweden in different areas: in the Stockholm archipelago, on the west coast, in Scania, Halland, and Värmland. In his last years he experimented with new ways of presentation, however, without much success.

Alfred Wahlberg died October 4th, 1906 in Tranås.