In the spring of 1914, Einar Jolin travelled home from Paris to participate in the 'Baltic exhibition' in Malmö, an exhibition with artists from the countries around the Baltic Sea. In Paris, he had studied with Henri Matisse and carried out series of model studies and acquired a spontaneous and natural speed in the brushwork. He planned to return to Paris after the summer, but when World War I broke out, the road to France was closed. Jolin managed to get a small studio on Fiskargatan 9, in the so-called "Skandalhuset" near Katarina Kyrka on Söder's heights.
From his windows, he had a breathtaking view of the city, the stream and the inlet. During the years 1914–1915, some today famous and highly admired Stockholm-views were created in this studio. He divided the view into square after square, either towards Stadsgården, or towards Riddarholmen, including "Strömmen mot Skeppsbron" 1914 (Stockholm City Museum), "Utsikt över Riddarholmen" 1914 (Moderna Museet, purchased by Nationalmuseum 1919) and "Utsikt mot Kastellholmen ”1915 (Herman Gotthardt's collection, today Malmö Art Museum). The paintings are characterized by his fast-sweeping brushstrokes and sharp contours that frame the healthy blonde palette.