Einar Nerman

A little bit about the glamorous Swedish illustrator Einar Nerman
Photograph of Einar Nerman

Photograph of Einar Nerman

Einar Nerman illustration for Selma Lagerlof book

Einar Nerman illustration for Selma Lagerlof book

Einar Nerman (1888-1983) was a true Renaissance man. Born to a working class Swedish family he ventured to Paris as a young man–as so many do–to study art. He is perhaps best known for his illustrations for children's books, most notably for Selma Lagerlof. But Nerman also was a gifted caricaturist, cartoonist and musician.

Einar Nerman caricature of Alla Nazimova

An Einar Nerman caricature of the Russian actress Alla Nazimova

Einar Nerman moved in glamorous circles. He counted actresses, composers and socialites among his friends, including Nazimova, Garbo and Ivor Novello. For a time he drew delightful caricatures of society figures for The Tatler.

Einar Nerman sheet music illustration

Einar Nerman sheet music illustration

Einar Nerman, a musician himself, also made many beautiful images for sheet music.

Einar Nerman caricature of Greta Garbo

Einar Nerman caricature of Greta Garbo

Einar Nerman was indeed friends with Greta Garbo, and this image charmingly captures her famous quote "I want to be alone."