Swedish visual artist Ester Dorothea Almqvist grew up in Stockholm. She studied with Carl Larsson and Gustaf Cederström at the Valand School of Fine Art in Gothenburg and also at the Konstnärsförbundet (Artists Association) art school in Stockholm. After completing her studies Almqvist moved to Skåne, where most of her paintings were created. Between 1895 and 1900 she was a member of Konstnärsförbundet (Artists Association), which offered her the opportunity to be represented both nationally and internationally.
Almqvist devoted herself to the national romantic tradition but was also a harbinger of Neoimpressionism and Expressionism. The artist is known for her paintings of dusk and these works gave her the momentum for her breakthrough. Her painting “Sammankomsten” (The Gathering) from 1929 is one of Almqvist's most famous works and has received international acclaim.