Carl Gustaf Hellqvist (1851-1890)Hellqvist was born in 1851 in Kungsör. Already in 1864 he studied at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm. He should later became probably the most important Swedish historical painter. He resumed his studies in Munich, Paris and finally Vienna, where he also had major exhibitions. However at the peak of his craft he fell ill and died 1890 in Munich.
Like many of his colleagues Hellqvist dealt with the great events of his national, ie Swedish history, but he has a much darker approach. His heroes are dead like Sten Sture and Gustavus Adolphus, or the peaceful Gotland is plundered by the Danish pirate king Valdemar Atterdag.