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Einar Nerman


left: No title or date; right: Joker from a playing card set (1924).

A recent post by Silent-Porn-Star draws my attention to Swedish illustrator and cartoonist Einar Nerman (1888–1983) whose work I don’t recall having come across before. There isn’t much available to see online unfortunately, a shame as SPS’s posting of a 1926 cigarette ad shows a distinct Beardsley influence. Nerman seems known chiefly today for his caricatures of Greta Garbo, one of which was used on a commemorative postage stamp in 2005.


Greta Garbo.

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The illustrators archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
Oscar Wilde playing cards
Surrealist cartomancy



Posted in {art}, {beardsley}, {black and white}, {film}, {illustrators}.

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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau


    Love it!

  2. #2 posted by Yvonne


    Saw this online art pad thing, thought of you – as I know you liked Mr PicassoHead.

    I like the Einar Nerman stuff – the first picture, with the yellow background, reminds me of Betty Boop, actually.

  3. #3 posted by John


    Thanks for the pad tip, that’s a better one than a rather primitive thing I saw a while back. I especially like the splatter effect, seems a more interesting way of building up a picture than using a brush. I often wish Photoshop had that kind of random setting you could apply to its brushes.

  4. #4 posted by David


    I have several Einar Nerman originls and sell L.E prints on my website. A classic cartoonist and some lovely paintings of children. email me or see my web site. Dave

  5. #5 posted by David


    calso check einar nerman on yahoo search. Thanks






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