Alf Wallander discovered painting early on in his Swedish home in Stockholm and began studying at the Stockholm Art Academy in 1897. After successfully completing his studies, Wallander traveled to Paris in 1885 and, thanks to a scholarship, quickly found a connection to the local art scene. During the five-year stay in the art metropolis, the young artist quickly convinced the critics of the salon and celebrated some successes. He also developed his own style in Paris, which was inspired by the still ubiquitous Impressionists and adopted a free painting style. Wallander took this idea of free painting to Stockholm in 1890 and remained faithful to this theme in his art.