Chapter 2. Einar Nerman – From the picturebook page to the avant-garde stage
This chapter analyzes recurring motifs and techniques in the Swedish artist Einar Nerman’s picturebooks <i>Crow’s Dream</i> (1911) and <i>Knight Finn Komfusenfej</i> (1923). By comparing Nerman’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’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.