John Bauer

John Bauer

Swedish artist and illustrator.
Date of Birth: 04.06.1882
Country: Sweden

  1. Biography of Jon Bauer
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Illustrations and Other Artistic Endeavors
  4. Tragic End

Biography of Jon Bauer

Jon Bauer was a Swedish artist and illustrator, widely recognized for his illustrations for the fairy tales "Among Elves and Trolls" (Swedish: Bland tomtar och troll), which were published annually in Sweden for Christmas. He was born in the city of Jönköping in southern Sweden, where he grew up with two brothers and a sister, Anna Bauer. The early death of Anna at the age of 13 had a profound impact on Bauer and his brothers.

Early Life and Education

From an early age, Bauer enjoyed spending time drawing, initially creating small sketches and doodles. When he turned 16, he moved to Stockholm, where he enrolled in the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts two years later. It was at the academy that he met Esther Ellqvist, whom he married in December 1906. From 1908 to 1910, they embarked on a trip to southern Germany and Italy together. Bauer's encounter with the early Italian Renaissance had a profound influence on his artistic style.

Illustrations and Other Artistic Endeavors

Bauer worked on the illustrations for the fairy tales "Among Elves and Trolls" from 1907 to 1915, establishing himself as one of Sweden's most renowned fairy tale artists. He also explored other forms of artistic expression, creating monumental frescoes, composing fairy tale plays for children, and writing the libretto for the ballet "Mountain King" (Swedish: "Bergakungen").

Tragic End

In 1918, Bauer faced family problems and frequent bouts of depression. In search of a better life, he decided to travel with his wife and their three-year-old son on a ferry across Lake Vättern to Stockholm. Unfortunately, a severe storm struck the lake, causing the ferry to sink. Jon Bauer, along with his family, tragically perished in the accident.