Carl Fredrik Hill became one of the most original Swedish landscape painters of his time. Both the Barbizon School and Corot had a decisive influence on him and he spent five years in France during the 1870s. In the summer of 1876 he stayed in Fontainebleau outside Paris where he felt happy and liberated. The sights of beauty made him forget "the demon of art". The painting "Villa at Seine, Bois-le Roi. Fontainebleau" symbolizes this happy period in his life.