Carl August Johansson (1863-1944) came from Härnösand, Sweden. In Stockholm he became a student of Edvard Perséus, who was a graduate of the Stockholm Art Academy and the Düsseldorf School of Painting. After that Johansson left Sweden and went to France and Italy to further his education. He mainly painted Swedish landscapes, which he then sent to exhibitions in Stockholm, Berlin, Munich, Paris and San Francisco.
As for many artists of his generation, the developments of impressionism in Paris were revolutionary and had a lasting influence on Johansson. The winter landscape of 1895 was created under this impression. The color scheme is reduced to white and light blue and has only a few small color accents of yellow, dark blue, red and green on the snow-covered tree trunks. The white landscape is formed by different shades of light blue and the strong brushwork. While the view over the snow-covered fields is released in the left area of the picture, the right picture area is dominated by thin trees. It is fascinating how Johansson created a very lively landscape by using little color.