Wednesday, 27 September 2017

John Bauer - part 1

1908 John Bauer Self-Portrait
watercolour on paper 18 x 19 cm
Jönköping Country Museum, Sweden

John Albert Bauer (1882 – 1918) was a Swedish painter and illustrator. His work is concerned with landscape and mythology, but he also composed portraits. He is best known for his illustrations of early editions of Bland tomtar och troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls), an anthology of Swedish folklore and fairy tales.
Bauer was born and raised in Jönköping. At age sixteen he moved to Stockholm to study at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts. While there he received his first commissions to illustrate stories in books and magazines, and met the artist Ester Ellqvist, whom he married in 1906. He travelled throughout Lappland, Germany and Italy early in his career, and these cultures deeply informed his work. He painted and illustrated in a romantic nationalistic style, in part influenced by the Italian Renaissance and Sami cultures. Most of his works are watercolours or prints in monochrome or muted colours; he also produced oil paintings and frescos. His illustrations and paintings broadened the understanding and appreciation of Swedish folklore, fairy tales and landscape.
When Bauer was 36, he, Ester and their son, Bengt, drowned in a shipwreck on Lake Vättern. 


This is part 1 of a 7-part post on the works of John Bauer:

1899 The Prodigal Son
( Den förlorade sonen )

1902 Höstlandskap, Sweden
oil on panel 20 x 33 cm

1902 Life Drawing

1903 For Hasse to watch until Christmas 1903
( Till Hasse att titta på Jul 1903 )

1903 "Long, Long Ago" (Länge, länge, Sedan … Sagor) 
by Anna Wahlenberg 
published by Albert Bonniers Förlag, Stockholm:

Front Cover jacket

Front Cover

The Queen
( Drottningen )

The Queen
( Drottningen )

The Queen
( Drottningen )

Linda Gull and the Old King
( Linda-Gull och den Gamle Kungen )
 
Linda Gull and the Old King
( Linda-Gull och den Gamle Kungen )

Linda Gull and the Old King
( Linda-Gull och den Gamle Kungen )

Linda Gull and the Old King
( Linda-Gull och den Gamle Kungen )

The Four Aunts
( De fyra tanterna )

The Four Aunts
( De fyra tanterna )

The Four Aunts
( De fyra tanterna )

The Four Aunts
( De fyra tanterna )

The Elder King's Ball
( Älfkungens Bal )

The Elder King's Ball
( Älfkungens Bal )

The Elder King's Ball
( Älfkungens Bal )

The Elder King's Ball
( Älfkungens Bal )

( Trollgubben i Stoberget )

( Trollgubben i Stoberget )

( Trollgubben i Stoberget )

( Trollgubben i Stoberget )

The Best Weapons
( De bästa vapnen )

The Best Weapons
( De bästa vapnen )

The Field of Jewels
( Juvelåkern )

The Field of Jewels
( Juvelåkern )

Gossen and Näcken
( Gossen och Näcken )

Gossen and Näcken
( Gossen och Näcken )

The Enchanted Hat
( Den förtrollade hatten )

The Magpie with Salt on her Tail
( Skatan som fick salt på stjärten )

The Magpie with Salt on her Tail
( Skatan som fick salt på stjärten )

Thin Pin
( Tunntappen )

Thin Pin
( Tunntappen )

Thin Pin
( Tunntappen )

The People's King
( Folkets kung )

The People's King
( Folkets kung )

The People's King
( Folkets kung )

The Golden Hen
( Guldhönan )

The Golden Hen
( Guldhönan )

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