Gustav Bolin was born in Stockholm in 1920, his father was of Russian origin and for three generations the Bolin family had lived in Saint Petersburg, working for the Imperial court. The Bolin family moved to France in 1921. In 1938, and showing artistic promise, Gustav Bolin enrolled at the atelier La Grande Chaumière where he became a student of Emile Othon Friesz. At the outbreak of war Bolin left for Stockholm but in 1940 he returned to France, settling in the southern town of Mirmande. Mirmande was a safe haven for many French artists at that time and here he found himself in the company of Andre Lhote, Charles Rollier, Alexandre Garbell and Pierre Tal Coat amongst others. This group of artists held a joint exhibition at the Valence museum where Bolin sells his first painting. In 1943, he made, what he would describe as a pilgrimage to Aix-en-Provence, in search of Cézanne. In the same year, Bolin decided to return to Paris to settle in the atelier loaned to him by his friend Pierre Tal-Coat located in the14e arrondissement. It was during this time that he had his first meeting with Picasso and the many artists frequenting the famous Café de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It was amongst the artistic elite that Gustav meets Simone who will become his wife. He then made long stays in Anjou, at the home of his in-laws, where he painted many portraits and landscapes. At the end of the war Gustav Bolin returns to Paris where he is befriended by Diego Giacometti who finds him a workshop near his own, in the rue du Moulin-Vert, which he will keep all his life. At that time, he also forged very close friendship with Nicolas de Staël and the art critic and historian Pierre Courthion, who would later become one of his most faithful advocates. In 1948 his first one-man exhibition was held in Paris at the Pierre Loeb Gallery which received critical praise. Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s he held an extraordinary number of solo exhibitions worldwide and gained an international following for his well-constructed landscapes. Gustav Bolin died in Antibes on the French Riviera in August 1999. In 2006 the City Hall of Paris, with the support of the Swedish Embassy organized a comprehensive retrospective exhibition a second later the same year at the Louvre des Antiquaires. His work can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and at the Swedish National Gallery of Art in Stockholm.