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Einar Nerman: from the picturebook page to the avant-garde stage
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2015 (English)In: Children's literature and the avant-garde / [ed] Elina Druker, Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015, 45-64 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish artist Einar Nerman (1888 – 1983) had a long career as caricature artist and commercial graphic artist in both Europe and the United States. His illustrations, posters and picturebooks show continuous interplay with different forms of art and media. In this article,  recurring motifs and techniques in Nerman’s early picturebooks Crow’s Dream (1911) and Knight Finn Komfusenfej (1923) are analysed, together with his commercial works and dance productions. By discussing his picturebooks as a part of his artistic production alongside caricatures, dance and theatre productions, an interaction is demonstrated, a dynamic relationship that takes place between picturebook aesthetics and other areas of the arts in Nerman’s work. This kind of interaction between different media from both high and mass culture will also raise the question about the concept of the “avant-garde”.

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015. 45-64 p.
, Children's literature, culture, and cognition, ISSN 2212-9006 ; 5
Keyword [en]
Avant-garde, Einar Nerman, children's literature, modernism, caricature, picturebooks, ballets suédois
Keyword [sv]
Avantgarde, Einar Nerman, svenska baletten i Paris, karikatyr, bilderbok, barnlitteratur, illustration
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119707ISBN: 9789027201591OAI: diva2:847940
Available from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-08-21 Last updated: 2016-05-16Bibliographically approved

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