Classically trained in Sweden, Josephson emigrated to France in 1879 in search of inspiration. Within ten years, delusions led him to embrace spiritualist practice. Catalysed by seances, Josephson’s visions took on material form. The radical paintings (and poems) were amongst his most dynamic works, although (as he claimed) they were authored by the dead. Josephson returned to Sweden, where an asylum became his studio for much of the rest of his life.