As a Swedish diplomatic daughter, Greta Gerell was used to traveling. After her studies at the Stockholm Academy, lessons followed at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and then at André Lhote. Initially she painted landscapes and animals, then she focused on painting interiors and figures. Greta Gerell worked in different styles. After an early graphical period, impressionism was preferred in her Paris years (1920-1930). Later, the painter liked to work on 'timeless things': lovingly painted utensils placed against a uniform background that she painted very pasty. A time-consuming work for which she developed her own technique.