Carl Magnus Lindqvist was born in Överboda, Sweden, in 1889. He began his art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm under Oscar Björck and Gustaf Cederström, subsequently undertaking a study trip to Berlin and then to Paris, where he met and associated with André Lhote. On returning to his native country, he devoted his energies to painting on both canvas and paper, showing a marked preference for portraits and for the charming landscapes of his home region. Thanks to the growing popularity of his work, he won several commissions in the religious sphere, producing decorations for the churches of Björksele and Byskeälven and for the parish hall in Vännäsvägen. Many of his paintings are currently to be found in the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and in numerous other museums throughout Scandinavia.
Lindqvist is held to be the doyen of a group of artists who banded together in the Swedish province of Västerbotten, and indeed his native city soon became a focal point for a large number of young painters. Today he is considered one of Sweden's best-known landscape painters, alongside such celebrated artists as Otto Hesselbom and Gustaf Fjæstad. These artists were known for devoting their attention to Sweden's culture and roots, while at the same time evincing acute interest in the major centres of European art and always making sure that they were right up to date with the innovative trends of the moment.
This drawing, entitled View of the Vännäsvägen, depicts an atmospheric corner of the artist's native region. The brushwork, which is clearly reminiscent of the Pointillist style, also contains strong echoes of Symbolism. Lindqvist reinterprets the post-Impressionist trend in accordance with a specifically Nordic approach, which was to spawn a thickly textured colouristic mode of expression in the 1930s.