Chapter 2. Einar Nerman – From the picturebook page to the avant-garde stage

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This chapter analyzes recurring motifs and techniques in the Swedish artist Einar Nerman&#8217;s picturebooks <i>Crow&#8217;s Dream</i> (1911) and <i>Knight Finn Komfusenfej</i> (1923). By comparing Nerman&#8217;s books for children with his caricatures, dance and theatre productions during the 1910s and 1920s, an interaction between different media, but also between mass culture and the avant-garde, is demonstrated. The article shows that Nerman&#8217;s innovative picturebooks are influenced by international commercial graphic design and that his books for children also function as a starting point for new ideas that are transmitted to other areas of art like modern dance performances or stage design.


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