Biography: Einar Norelius

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Birth/Death

Birth: June 20, 1890
Death: July 13, 1985

Occupation/Title

Illustrator, Children’s Book Writer

Bio Summary

Norelius was born in Sweden and spent his working career as an illustrator for various works and also as a children’s book writer and illustrator.

Early Life/Family

Einar Norelius had two brothers

Education/Training

Between the years 1927 and 1980, Einar was the chief illustrator of Bland Tomtar Och Troll, a Swedish folklore story illustrated annually every Christmas. Bland Tomtar Och Troll was originally created by John Bauer. When Bauer died, Gustaf Tenggren succeeded him. When Tenggren moved to America, his job as chief illustrator transfered to Norelius. Hans Arnold succeeded Norelius when he ceased his work on Bland Tomtar Och Troll.
Jumbo i Djungeln (1938) made an appearance in the magazine Tuff Och Tuss.
In 1946, Norelius created the children’s picture book, Jim, Jock & Jumbo.
His work is currently displayed in the National Museum in Sweden and the Museum of Dalarna located in his hometown, Falun, Sweden

Career Outline

Between the years 1927 and 1980, Einar was the chief illustrator of Bland Tomtar Och Troll, a Swedish folklore story illustrated annually every Christmas. Bland Tomtar Och Troll was originally created by John Bauer. When Bauer died, Gustaf Tenggren succeeded him. When Tenggren moved to America, his job as chief illustrator transfered to Norelius. Hans Arnold succeeded Norelius when he ceased his work on Bland Tomtar Och Troll.
Jumbo i Djungeln (1938) made an appearance in the magazine Tuff Och Tuss.
In 1946, Norelius created the children’s picture book, Jim, Jock & Jumbo.
His work is currently displayed in the National Museum in Sweden and the Museum of Dalarna located in his hometown, Falun, Sweden.

Comments On Style

Because of his connection to Bauer, his style has a similar feeling to it, seen through his composition and application of paint.

Influences

Because of his connection to Bauer, his style has a similar feeling to it, seen through his composition and application of paint.

Personality

Anecdotes

Norelius was part of a group of graphic artists in the area around Falun, Sweden called “Falugrafikerna.”
Worked on Bland Tomtar Och Troll for a half century.

Miscellaneous

Worked on the series Bland Tomtar Och Troll, which inspired Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.
Only one book has been written about him and it is very difficult to get a hold of.

Filmography

Illustration Work:
Bland Tomtar Och Troll – Swedish Folklore
Petter och hans fyra getter
Gubben Måns i månen (1969)
Pelle Svanlös (1951) -The adventures of a tail-less cat in Uppsala
Jumbo i Djungeln (1938)
“English Folklore” (published 1939-1941)
“English fairy tales” (published 1943-1945)
“Jim, Jock and Jumbo” (1946)

Honors

His work was displayed in the National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden and the Museum of Dalarna located in his hometown, Falun, Sweden.

Related Links

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http://users.skynet.be/fa023784/trollmoon/TrollArtistsBlog/files/699522bc067b5c8ffb15c1033105ce8b-9.html
http://enn.kokk.se/?p=1176 (Swedish)
http://martinklasch.blogspot.com/2006/10/illustration-jim-jock-and-jumbo.html
http://martinklasch.blogspot.com/2007/01/illustration-einar-norelius-bland.html
http://lambiek.net/artists/n/norelius_einar.htm
http://susning.nu/Einar_Norelius (Swedish)

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