Hans Larsson was a Swedish painter born in Malmo. He studied at Scanian painting and technical school in Malmo. Larsson had a long and successful career as a professional painter in Sweden. He was known as a religious painter with a style noticeably influenced by George Rouault and Emile Nolde. However this work dates to his earliest active period between 1928-1937 when he was working and exhibiting in Copenhagen having felt the Danes were more sympathetic to his work than his native Swedes. This is a fascinating painting executed in 1936 when the artist was only twenty six years old, a very modern work in the context of European painting at the time.