Swedish Art Nouveau
Illustrating The Swineheard (1923) and A Polar Bear's Tale (1946)
Einar Nerman was born in Norrköping in a Communist family. He dropped out of his Gymnasium High School in 1905 and moved to Stockholm to study art. In 1908 he moved to France for many years to pursue his interest in art, studying with Matisse at the Académie of Paris. From 1922 to 1930 Nerman lived in London and drew images for The Tatler and the fashionable magazine Eve. He also made illustrations for many of the books by Selma Lagerlöf and lyricist Sandy Wilson. In Sweden today, he is mostly known, or unknown, for being the man behind the art of the Solstickan matchbox. He also made some famous drawings of Greta Garbo, one of which was used on a postage stamp in 2005, a hundred years after the moviestar's birth.