John Albert Bauer (4 June 1882 – 20 November 1918) was a Swedish painter and illustrator. His paintings dealt with Swedish nature, mythical creatures, and magical places while he also composed portraits. He is best known for his illustrations in early editions of Bland tomtar och troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls), an anthology about Swedish folklore and children’s fairy tales.
Presented is one of John Bauer’s earliest work, Bland Tomtar Och Troll 6. First published by Åhlén & Åkerlunds förlag. 1912. The reproduction of the illustrations have lots to be desired, the illustrations appears faded, it lacks the brightness of the color palette that he used. However, it’s brilliant in depicting the darkness and cheerfulness of the tales. Enjoy.