Exhibition about illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman

Interior from an exhibiton at Millesgården about Ingrid Vang Nyman

Last week I visited Millesgården in Stockholm. They are showing an exhibition about the illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman (2012). She was the first to illustrate Astrid Lindgrens character Pippi Långstrump/Longstocking. And she also did a lot of other commissions for Astrid Lindgren.

Ingrid Vang Nyman color sketch for the first book about Pippi Långstrump / Longstocking

Publicly she has not been very well known, so the exhibition is a good introduction to her work and maybe to give her more credit than she has so far. But I am very familiar with her since before, so I was left a little unsatisfied after visiting Millesgården. I wanted to see so many more sketches and original drawings. But I am an illustrator nerd and always want more of everything!

Pippi in the swedish childrens magazine Klumpedumpe illustrated by Ingrid Vang Nyman

Ingrid Vang Nyman was most productive during the years 1945 to 1959, when she sadly ended her life. She had an art education from Copenhagen. And a strong sense of her work being more valuable, than illustrators normally was getting credit and money for. She fought for her rights and influence over the use of her images. A lonely and hard struggle…

Original drawing by illustrator Ingrid Vang Nyman exhibited at Millesgårdens 2012

Her style of illustration was very modern to swedish eyes, with influence from the continent and Denmark where she grew up and studied. Astrid Lindgren liked her modern approach to childrens book illustration and so did the children. The characters where fresh and lively, in black ink and flat colours. There were no perspective laws and the illustrations were simplified, but with more and more decorative elements after some years.

Cover illustration by Ingrid Vang Nyman for childrens book Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn
Ingrid Vang Nymans illustration of Pippis house as scenography

The images of Pippi and Bullerbyn is press material from Millesgården, copyright Ingrid Vang Nyman/The Astrid Lindgren Company.

More to read about Ingrid Vang Nyman and Astrid Lindgren in news paper Dagens Nyheter article 1 and 2, and at AstridLindgren.se

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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