Nilsson, Johan Severin (1846-1918)

Nilsson, Johan Severin (1846-1918)
Nilsson, Johan Severin (1846-1918)

Johan Severin Nilsson was an accomplished Swedish painter of landscapes, figures and portraits. His views are rooted in the ideologies of the Düsseldorf school. He was also a talented photographer.

Nilsson trained at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm and later in Paris under Léon Bonnat. His works are held in numerous public collections including at the National Museum.

Public Collections

National Museum in Stockholm, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Malmö Museum, Norrköping Museum, Halland Museums.



Born in Asige Parish, Halland, Sweden to Nils Pehrsson, a blacksmith, and Neta Beata Svensdottir.


Enrolled at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm.


Travelled to Paris with the painter and poet Ernst Josephson via Düsseldorf.

Studied under Léon Bonnat in Paris.


Married the artist Rosalie (Rosa) Platzman in Sundsvall.


Died in Engelbrekt, Stockholm.

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