Max Walter Svanberg studied art at the Skånska Painting School between 1931 and 1932, and at Otte Sköld’s Painting School in Stockholm between 1933 and 1934. Svanberg’s work tended toward Surrealism, and he developed an erotic, fantasy-oriented idiom, often using tempera, gouache or watercolors. The female form plays a central role in Svanberg’s work, often portrayed as a hybrid merged with flowers, birds or fish and emphasizing the role of sex. In 1945, Svanberg, along with C.O. Hultén and Anders Österlin, founded a Surrealist artist’s group called the Imagenisterna, or the Imaginists. The group sought to return to the origins of Surrealist automatism, and the free flow of associations.