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John Bauer (1882-1918)

John Bauer was born in 1882 and was a Swedish artist, primarily renowned for his paintings and illustrations in the early editions of the fairy tale collection "Bland tomtar och troll”. Thanks to his magical illustrations of princesses, trolls, and giants, Bauer has significantly influenced our perception of creatures and mythical figures in traditional Swedish stories and Nordic folklore.

Bauer grew up in Jönköping, and a large part of his artistry was inspired by the mystical forests of Småland, where trolls and other beings seemed to emerge from the rocky outcrops. During his years of study, he was fascinated by early German and Italian painting but soon returned to the Swedish fairytale forest. At the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, he met his future wife, Esther Ellqvist, who often posed as a model and served as inspiration for the princess Tuvstarr in Bauer's works.

Most of Bauer's paintings are created using watercolors, although he has also produced some using oil. By the 1910s, thanks to his fairy tale paintings, Bauer was already an established and beloved artist when he chose to conclude his role as a fairy tale illustrator. In his final years, he explored other imaginative expressions that would shape Bauer's last works, such as ”De dansande nymferna” and "Blå Eva". John Bauer's final significant painting was created for the auditorium at Karlskrona Girls' School in 1917, an oil painting depicting the goddess Freja, with his wife Esther as a model.

The entire Bauer-Ellqvist family died in a boat accident when the steamer Per Brahe sank during an autumn storm on Vättern on November 20, 1918.

Selection of previously sold at Bukowskis Live Auctions
722. John Bauer, 'Troll, stjärnenatt' (Troll, starry night).
722. John Bauer, 'Troll, stjärnenatt' (Troll, starry night).
Hammer price 
1 700 000 SEK
Estimate
800 000 - 1 000 000 SEK
651. John Bauer, ”Lena och riddaren dansa” (Lena dances with the knight).
651. John Bauer, ”Lena och riddaren dansa” (Lena dances with the knight).
Hammer price 
760 000 SEK
Estimate
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
650. John Bauer, "Bianca Maria och trollen".
650. John Bauer, "Bianca Maria och trollen".
Hammer price 
640 000 SEK
Estimate
300 000 - 400 000 SEK
590. John Bauer, Humpe in the woods.
590. John Bauer, Humpe in the woods.
Hammer price 
460 000 SEK
Estimate
500 000 - 600 000 SEK
641. John Bauer, "En riddare red fram" (A knight rode on).
641. John Bauer, "En riddare red fram" (A knight rode on).
Hammer price 
450 000 SEK
Estimate
450 000 - 500 000 SEK
Selection of previously sold at Bukowskis Online only auctions
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