Jenny Nyström, swedish artist and illustrator

Jenny Nyström, 1854-1946, one of Swedens most beloved illustrators. With her art she helped to “invent” the swedish christmas gnome “Tomte” (who later evolved to Santa Claus). She was also a pioneer within the field of childrens books illustrations and was very productive during her life.

I just visited an exhibition with her art at Sven-Harrys art museum in Stockholm and I can recommend a visit if you have the chance. Open until february 2019.

Porträtt målat av Jenny Nyström, detalj

All my photos show details of her art, I like to watch close and see everything that sometimes get lost when an illustration is printed. Jenny Nyström was well educated in art and very talented. She moved on from being an artist, to a great career as an illustrator, one of the big names in Sweden. She also was one of those artists who formed the (nostalgic) “image of Sweden”.

Flicka med kalvar i hagen, detalj från teckning av Jenny Nyström
Hästar spända för vagn, detalj från akvarell av illustratören Jenny Nyström
Barn på gärdsgård, detalj från akvarell av Jenny Nyström
Illustration av Jenny Nyström, detlaj med gammal kvinna och pojke i kyrkbänken
Isbjörnsfäll, detalj från interiör målad av Jenny Nyström
Tomte och getabock kikar in på julfirandet i stugan, Jenny Nyström, detalj

A few years ago I was asked to do an illustration based on Jenny Nyströms picture above, in her “spirit”, but with the changed message: Not everyone has got the chance to celebrate a nice Christmas in a warm cosy home…

Barn på vinterpromenad med julklappar och julkärve, akvarell av Jenny Nyström, detalj

Jenny Nyström will continue to inspire artists and illustrators for many years to come.

Pojke so stins tecknad av Jenny Nyström, detalj
Jenny Nyström-utställning på Sven-Harrys konstmuseum 2018

If you want to see more of Jenny Nyström, there is a permanent exhibition at Kalmar Länsmuseum. I have not been there, but it is on my to-do-list.

Lena Svalfors Hedin
Hi! My name is Lena and I love creative and beautiful things in life. Sometimes it inspires me to photograph and write something about it, hopefully you can enjoy it too. I have previously been freelancing as an illustrator, now I have a day job focused on communication, web development and graphic design for print and web.
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