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John Bauer

Name: One summer's evening they went with Bianca Maria deep into the forest - Source: Illustration for The Changeling by Helena Nyblom in the anthology Among pixies and trolls, 1913 - Artist: John Bauer.

Illustration by John Bauer for ‘Spelmannen som fick Madonnans guldsko' from “Bland Tomtar och Troll” (1915)

Illustration by John Bauer for ‘Spelmannen som fick Madonnans guldsko' from “Bland Tomtar och Troll”

One of John’s favourites is Humpe, a small troll with a gentle disposition and a longing for the light world of people. Humpe is almond-eyed, snub-nosed and red-haired like a little faun. He first appeared in 1912, in the fairytale Trollsonen som hade solögon och vart skogsman - a romantic saga about a troll-boy that appealed to John. John returned to Humpe in works such as the late watercolour Moderskärlek (Mother love), painted in 1917.

A selection John Bauer illustrations and art prints from Bland Tomtar Och Troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls), Our Fathers' Godsaga, Sagovarld, as well as designs and paintings.

John Bauer is one of the most under-rated artists ever...his artwork always makes me think of my sister!

John Bauer : "Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain" (Harold Östenson) The forest - Swedish Folk Tales


John Bauer – grandfather of scandinavian trolls

forgottenmasterpieces: “ John Albert Bauer June 1882 – 20 November A Swedish painter of some note, with his atmospheric dreamlands, the fairytales of our nightmare subconscious, I feel like.

'Now he was riding, jubilantly happy' (c.1910) by John Bauer | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

John Bauer, Castle of Rosy Clouds - And this is the illustration that launched a whole cycle of stories