Nils Forsberg was born on a poor tenant farm and had little access to schooling. At the age of 15, he went to Helsingborg to be a painting apprentice. He later moved to Gothenburg and studied at Slöjdskolan (Handicraft School, later the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design). Forsberg was primarily a historical and portrait painter. He spent most of his life in Paris, where his work “Death of a Hero” garnered significant attention following his service in the Franco-Prussian War. With his paintings, he hoped to herald humanism, moral stature and reconciliation.