the uncle of my grandmother
arvid frederik nyholm was born in stockholm, sweden, 12 july
1866. he graduated from södra real, secondary studies, when he
was twenty years and then directly started studying architecture
at kungliga tekniska högskolan. after one year he quit, the same year
that he married amelia josephina grönander. they had five children,
of whom his daughter, greta would later become a painter herself.
between 1889 and 1891 he studied privately for gösta grehl. during
the same period he studied briefly at kungliga konstakademin
where he did some painting for theaters. apparently he entered
konstnärsförbundet the following year, 1892. he also
studied privately with anders zorn, as well as entered
l'academie de calarossi in paris.
in 1892 he left for new york city and america, like so many other
swedes. he settled down in chicago, IL, in 1903. it would become
his permanent base until his death on 14 november 1927. what i
have gathered from my grandmother, arvid visited europe even after
his move to chicago. she told me that once when he was in paris,
my grandmother's mother, anna nyholm, went to see him and hang around
with his arty friends. apparently she had a swell time, as a break
from her usual duties, like taking care of her children and husband
apart from the fact that i like his work, i have understood
that he was respected during his time. he's represented
in various places in the united states, for example at
the smithsonian institution. he did mostly portraits and
apparently he was a quite renowned painter in chicago. the
two paintings at the top are from 1889 and 1891 respectively.
the third one is from 1917, and then probably made in america.