Johannes Larsen came from Kerteminde, a coastal town in north-eastern Funen where his father was a greengrocer and where Larsen remained throughout his life. In 1901-2 he set up home with his wife Alhed (née Warberg) at Møllebakken, Kerteminde. He painted with a distinct sensitivity for colour and detail but also with a keen realism.
He painted birds in various habitats: in the Faaborg Museum works such as Bygevejr i April (April Shower) (1901-07) and Knortegæs. Regntykning (Brent Geese) (1908) are amongst his most important paintings.