Per Ekström artist (1844–1935) was one of the first Swedish plein air painters, and like the impressionist painters, he completed his paintings directly in front of the subject. He painted outdoors in a rush. "He loves sunrises, adores sunsets and is therefore always, in the summer at least, late to the dinner table." At the World Exhibition in 1899, his landscapes attracted attention, and he was awarded a gold medal. Ekström was seen as "the lyricist of a brush".