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