BiographyArvid Frederick Nyholm was born in Stockholm, Sweden July 12, 1866, His father, Karl Fredrik, was a printer. In 1886, he graduated from Södra Real-läroverket in Stockholm. He initially studied architecture at the Royal Technical School, from 1886-1887. Between 1889 and 1891 he studied privately in Sweden with Gösta Grehl. He was a student of theatre painting briefly at the Royal Academy in Stockholm from 1889 to 1891. It is recorded that he entered the school of the Artist’s Federation in 1892. He studied privately with the well-known Swedish artist, Anders Zorn. He also was a student at the Calarossi Academy in Paris. After emigrating to New York City in 1892, he eventually settled in Chicago, IL, in 1903, where he was based for the remainder of his life. He died November 14, 1927, in Chicago. Nyholm was married in 1887 in Stockholm to Amelia Josephina Grönander with whom he had five children. His daughter, Gretta Nyholm, was also a Chicago artist.
Nyholm was especially renowned for his landscapes and portraits. Well-known portraits were painted of Minnesota governor A.O. Eberhardt, Adlai Stevenson, Sr., and John Ericsson among others. Nyholm’s works were frequently exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1904 and 1926 where he received several prizes. In addition, his works were shown in numerous other museums and galleries, mostly in the Chicago area. His painting, "The Evening Circle" won first prize at the exhibition of Swedish-American artists in Chicago in 1912. He exhibited in Sweden at the 1920 Swedish-American exhibition in Stockholm and the Gothenburg exhibition of 1923. He received many awards and honors during the course of his career including the Municipal Art League Portrait Prize in 1915 and 1924, the Chicago Popular Prize in 1919, the Popular Prize at the Swedish American Art Association in 1919 and the Chicago Galleries Association in 1927.
His works are held by a variety of institutions including the West Point Academy, Augustana Hospital in Chicago, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, the Iowa State Historical Society and the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College. He was a member of the Chicago Society of Artists, the Chicago Water Color Club, the Chicago Galleries Association, the Swedish Club and the Palette & Chisel Club of Chicago. In 1982, a painting by Nyholm was included in the exhibit, "The Divided Heart: Scandinavian Immigrant Artists, 1850-1950," curated at the University of Minnesota.
The Fine Arts Collection has two works by Nyholm, a painting and an etching, both donated by the family of Nils E. Remmen in 1941.
The painting, entitled "Girl with Lute," is an oil on paper board and is undated. The etching, a portrait of an unknown individual, is also undated. The painting has been entered on the Inventory of American Paintings maintained by the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution.
Source of Biography"Obituary," American Art Annual, Vol. 24 (1928);
Gerdts, William. Art Across America. Vol. 2 New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1990;
Olson, Ernst W. The Swedish Element in Illinois: Survey of the Past Seven Decades. Chicago, IL: Swedish-American Biographical Association, 1917.