lördag, juni 30, 2012

Julia Beck

I would like to introduce you to some Swedish artists.
One of them is:

JULIA BECK 1853-1935

Self portrait

In 1873 Julia Beck admitted as a student at the Art Academy in Stockholm.

Female students had been on the so-called ladies' department since 1864 and in Beck's grades were, among others, Mina Carlsson-Bredberg (although she was represented in Waldemarsuddes collections), Eva Bonnier and Karin Bergöö (later married to Carl Larsson).
Julia Beck came to live and work in France during most of his life.
Like many women artists, she devoted herself to begin to portrait painting.

However, it was landscape that she most wanted to paint, and with the exception of the painting Monastery Cathedral of Rouen, are the works with which she is represented in the collections also all landscapes.
Like for example, Carl and Karin Larsson, Richard Bergh, Karl Nordstrom and Nils Kreuger, Julia Beck spent several summers in the small village of Grez-sur-Loing, near Paris. She was also active in the "Opponent Movement".

In Waldemarsuddes archives are eight letters from Julia Beck of Prince Eugen. In one of them thank her prince because she had been painting in the park at Waldemarsudde and wishes to advise: "one for me, very gratifying and important news, the French authorities have purchased my last job in Sweden Soirée d'Avril chez le Prince Eugene." (April Evening with Prince Eugen).

Julia Beck was one of the few Swedish women around the year 1900 managed to live off his art. Towards the end of her life, she was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French state.

Julia Beck (1853-1935)
Scenes from Waldemarsudde. 1921
Oil on panel, 32x73 cm
Gift of the artist to Prince Eugen
Photographer: Per Myrehed

Julia Beck (1853-1935)
Park 1910
Water color paper, 84x41
Purchased by Prince Eugene of the artist 1911
Photographer: Per Myrehed

Julia Beck's painting
"Grez couple Nemours" from 1885, is made from oil.
Photographer: Bukowski Auctions Ltd

Painting by Julia Beck from 1885.
River landscape from Montcourt.

Painting by Julia Beck, unknown year.
Trees on the river bank.

fredag, juni 29, 2012

My father's cousin Stina will be 100 years today!

We celebrate my father's cousin today: Stina Carlsson.
She is born 29 June 1912.
She will be celebrated this afternoon
with friends and relatives in Rydaholm, Småland.

This is Stina's school photograph, about 1920.
Stina is the third girl on the left side, she stands behind.

This photograph is from the hay harvest:
Stina and her two brothers are working on the farm.

This is Stina´s parents:
Karl Isak and Augusta Wilhelmina Johannesson.

This is an old, beautiful handmade family tree that Stina has hung on her wall.
At the bottom are the names of Stina and her siblings.

onsdag, juni 27, 2012

MY father Hugo

Axel Hugo Andersson
He was born May 16, 1923
Lunden, Södra Säm, Älvsborgs county

He died June 27, 2000
Lunden, Södra Säm, Älvsborgs county

This photograph shows my father, Hugo,
along with some others who played bandy on the lake here in the village.
It should be from around 1940.
Hugo is no. 1 on the right in the front row.

lördag, juni 23, 2012

Rhubarb & Raspberry or Strawberry Muffins

3 eggs
1 1/2 dl sugar
1 T vanilla sugar
50 g butter or margarine
1 dl milk
4 dl plain flour
2 t baking powder
1 rhubarb (large stalk)
1 dl raspberries or strawberrys
dl = deciliter, ml = milliliter, g = gram, t = teaspoon, T = tablespoon

• Turn the oven on to 225°C.
• Melt the butter and chop the rhubarb.
• Whip eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar white and fluffy, then add milk and butter.
• Mix flour and baking powder and add to the first mix.
• Add rhubarb and raspberries or strawberrys and stir.
• Spoon the batter into muffin moulds or a muffin baking tray.
• Bake for 12-15 minutes.

I like muffins, both baking and eating...;) Do you...?

These are delicious and it's especially nice if you have your own rhubarb and strawberries to use.

fredag, juni 22, 2012

Midsummer in Sweden

Midsummer day simply refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on a day between June 21 and June 24, and the preceding evening.
The exact dates vary between different cultures.
Midsummer is especially important in the cultures of Scandinavia.
A night full of magic
Midsummer night is full of magic. According to folklore was all that was growing in the wild loaded with supernatural powers in midsummer. By collecting the powerful magic of a wreath of flowers they had funds for the coming year. Saving the wreath and put it in julbadet was a way to become healthy and strong for the remainder of the winter.

The light turns the night
Midsummer Eve is the highlight of the summer half-year celebrations. It is now the light night turns and it's time to party and dance, romance and eroticism - hopefully the sun and heat. An old saying says that midsummer night is not long but put seven and seventy cradles running.

Mankind has since time immemorial been able to determine when the summer
solstice occurs.
To mark the days did you probably also special rites to the sun and the gods.

Always on a Friday
Midsummer celebration is a tradition in the north. Although it is difficult to find historical facts about the day. The oldest written sources are the Icelandic Kingdom
tales from the 1200s, where we can read the following about Olaf Tryggvason: He abolished sacrifice beer and put in place with the people's assent högtidsöl at Christmas, Easter, Midsummer and Michaelmas. The beer was already the great party drink. In Sweden it is now drinking more beer at midsummer than at any other festival. The term drinking Johannisöl related to John Day, which in turn refers to John the Baptist's birthday on June 24. The day before, on June 23, was until 1952 Midsummer. In order to better fit into the work week, were determined in 1953 that Midsummer Eve always be celebrated on a Friday and the weekend is now moving between 20 and 26 June.

In Olaus Magnus story of the Nordic peoples from 1555 tells us that at St. John the Baptist's evening ... accustomed to all people without distinction of gender and age gather in crowds on the city square or in the open field, there to blithely stringing dance by the light of numerous fires, as everywhere light up. It tells about midsummer fires, as we have continued to light late in the 1900's. The tradition waned gradually, to the present-day local fire bans go out for good. Midsummer Fires still occur in Finland, Norway and Denmark and also in some places on the continent.

Maypole, dance and games
Maypole was a new custom that probably came to Sweden from Germany sometime in the late Middle Ages. The maja means to decorate with green and have plat German origin. The earliest depictions of maypoles we find in Eric Dahlberg, Suecia Antiqua published in the 1600s. Majstängerna which does not resemble today's most common type of crosses and wreaths. Instead, hang the big wreaths around a pole.

The dancing and the games are old feature of midsummer celebration and was a way for youngsters to get to know each other closer. And it was then, as now, go hot. How to report-
was updated from Birch Eating in Västergörland 1689: became förbudit to uppsättia Midsummer poles, it elacka lefwernet that youth der wid wont to use, may förbådas and abolished.

To pick seven different flowers ...
In the old magical thinking was midsummer night full of both essence and various forces that could at any time intervene in our world. But people could also make use of these powers by collecting medicinal herbs and a way to keep
healthy and strong during the next year was that naked roll in the midsummer dew.

At all important crossings when the light turned, it was important that certain tasks would be completed. The timing was also good if you wanted to see into the future. So it was at Michaelmas in the fall, Christmas in the winter and at the Annunciation in the spring.

One way of predict the future still existing, is to pick seven or nine different flowers
to put under the pillow on midsummer night. In the dream, do you get to see it
one should live his life with.

Another custom is to go to a spring to drink the waters, sacrifice a coin or in its waters to see into the future. The advance had cleared the source and decorated throughout with a layer of pine boughs, which is also a good idea to sit on. Sometimes it was festive and the young people danced the night away until it was time to go to church the next day.

Strawberry Cake! .... is also a very delicious midsummer tradition!

söndag, juni 17, 2012

Crofter from Åsenhöga i Småland

This is a very nice and interesting website.
Crofter from Åsenhöga i Småland.

It is in both English and Swedish.
We read, among other things, about crofter from Åsenhöga, Jönköpings County, Smålands Province.

There is also:
Crofter´s Reunion
5-8th of July 2012
Join the Anderson and Beckman families at a USA Crofter’s Reunion July 5 – 8, 2012 in Idaho Falls, Idaho

lördag, juni 16, 2012

Our Garden today

These are some of the flowers in our garden.
I photographed them today.

This is from Family Tree Magazine
I am proud to be named among the others who are blogging.
It is an inspiration for me to try to improve and make my blog more interesting for those who read.

Around the World in 40 Blogs
By Sunny Jane Morton
Need help finding family overseas? Let a local be your guide. This year’s Family Tree 40 list highlights the top blogs for tracing roots around the globe.
If you’ve traveled abroad, you know it’s not easy to adjust to a new land. Unfamiliar languages, customs, laws, food, currency and maps can trip you up. Smart travelers often consult trusted locals on where to visit, eat and sleep.
family history research in another country is like traveling there for the first time. You don’t know the nuances of record-keeping, the ins and outs of repositories, or even how to read the country’s records.
It can help to have a friendly local as your guide.Where can you find such a guide? Try the international geneablogging scene.
Amateurs and experts from Argentina to Australia, British Columbia to the British Isles note their successes, tips and techniques in genealogy weblogs, or “geneablogs.” In this whirlwind world tour, we’ll introduce you to 40 fantastic international blogs, and help you find, read and use them in your research.
We chose these blogs based on their overall quality of content and design, potential interest to other researchers, and relatively current status.
There are dozens more with advice on finding your international ancestors—
see our blog readers' Q&A for advice on how to find and get the most out of international blogs relevant to your genealogy search.
genealogy research often strays beyond national boundaries—both modern and historical ones—we’ve categorized these blogs according to their geographic regions: the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceana and Africa, and even a multilingual one covering regions worldwide.
If you have Hispanic heritage, you might want to check blogs covering Spain and the places in the Americas your clan landed. Wherever your roots might take you, a genealogy blog just might hold the keys to finding your ancestors.

The Americas


Los Abuelos de mi Historia captures stories of the diverse peoples of Argentina. The largest number of posts are about Buenos Aires, the nation’s capital and by far its largest city. A Google Translate button on the left side of the site lets you read posts in English.

My Portuguese Gen is a fairly young blog, written by Isabella Baltar in both English and Portuguese. Most entries are about her family research, but some include advice for others researching similar topics. Her writing style is straightforward and easy to follow.

Alberta Family Histories Society Blog is polished and professional, a provincial society’s channel for sharing news, events, library holdings and other resources for researching in and about Alberta, Canada.
Olive Tree Genealogy Blog is maintained by veteran blogger and genealogist Lorine McGinnis Schulze, who freely shares the wisdom and creativity gained by 30 years as a researcher in records-poor early Ontario. Click on videotaped cemetery walks and fun personal history posts.
Prairie History Blog is a genealogy and heritage newsletter for the Regina Public Library in Saskatchewan province. A nice feature for any family historian is a regular roundup of genealogy magazines’ contents (including Family Tree Magazine).

Sagua de tá namo gathers the memories of “sagüeros,” those who have lived in the Cuban town for which the blog is named. The postings reflect the feelings of a community in exile: keeping connections to home and family while rebuilding elsewhere; honoring heritage while documenting the sadder aspects of family history.

Guyana Genealogical and Biographical Society reads like a scrapbook of the history of this former British colony. News clippings, biographies, obituaries, passenger lists and more—even commentary on cricket—appear in cited, searchable posts.

A Parcel of Ribbons captures the history of 18th century Jamaica through the lens of her own family history. Blogger Anne Powers hopes the articles, family records, book reviews, wills and everyday history she posts will help others with their Jamaican research.

We Are Cousins: South Texas and NorthEastern Mexico Genealogy documents a blogger’s own family history and provides a resource to genealogical resources along the US-Mexico border at Texas. His images and transcriptions of original Mexican records go well beyond those of his own relatives.

South America
Genya blog comes from the company that runs the software behind Familias Argentinas, a site with genealogy data for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and more. You’ll need to run the blog through your web translator to read genealogy news and information for Argentina and other South American countries.

US Virgin Islands
200 Years in Paradise introduces readers to historical and genealogical sources for Virgin Islands research, particularly those that have informed the blogger’s family research on St. Croix. (Did you know the 1920 US census data for the Virgin Islands was actually taken in 1917?)


UK and Ireland

British and Irish Genealogy is a newsreel that reports on new online sources for genealogical research and education. Most posts feature several—or more—links to resources.
Grow Your Own Family Tree is the work of Alan Stewart, also the author of Gathering the Clans: Tracing Scottish Ancestry on the Internet (Phillimore & Co). His newsy posts update you on online records; click on categories such as Railway Records or Immigration for English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh research.
Tracing Ancestors in the UK delivers help starting your UK family research. Part of the website of professional researcher Ros Bott, this blog includes topics ranging from parish registers to surname spellings to wills and probate in England.
On a flesh and bone foundation:’ An Irish History is beautifully and expertly written by Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman, a Canadian of Irish descent. She weaves personal insights with detailed research tips, images and plenty of history. Bonus: Click on Interviewing Family for questions to ask Irish immigrants.
The Professional Descendant shares the voice and expertise of Edinburgh genealogist Kirsty F. Wilkinson. Her posts are packed with details on valuable (and often underused) Scottish resources.

Channel Islands
My Channel Island Ancestry boasts an enthusiastic writer dedicated to exploring the history of everyday folks in the Channel Islands (her series on occupations is especially nice). This blog is well-organized and full of meaty information about her family in Jersey.

The French Genealogy Blog is penned in the funny, educated voice of certified genealogist Anne Morddel. Her posts contain meaty finding aids and updates along with bits of historical and genealogical trivia. Well organized with lots of tags, this blog makes it easy to find entries on French Jews, Huguenots or your favorite French archive.

Trace Your Dutch Roots is organized like a genealogy guidebook. At the top of the page, click on locations within the Netherlands (and some outside it) and topics such as language, names and emigration. Historical postcards appear in many posts, a fun addition.

DIS-Norge is the blog of a national genealogical association. It’s in Norwegian, but worth running through a web translator if you’re researching people in Norway. You’ll learn about new online resources and long-established or little-known sources for Norwegian research.

Spain and South America
Red de Antepasados is written in Spanish. Posts describe datasets, historical sources, repositories and other resources specific to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. Spanish-language family group sheets and pedigree charts are posted here, too.

Swedish Thoughts has shared posts on “genealogy, old photos, recipes and other things from Sweden” since 2009. Yvonne Henriksson’s voice is friendly yet matter-of-fact. And whether or not you’re Swedish, check out the recipe for Rhubarb Muffins with Sweet Ginger, posted April 21, 2011.

Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia
Czech Genealogy for Beginners offers exactly what blogger Blanka Lednicka promises: a great introduction to research for those with ancestors in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. There’s a lot of material on archives, parish registries and translation issues.

Croatia and Hungary
100 Years in America is about Croatian and Hungarian families, records, languages and online resources. You’ll find expert advice and personal insights on this beautiful site by a long-time blogger.

Village Life in Kreis Saarburg, Germany shares a librarian’s well-researched and illustrated history of her Rhineland ancestry. She draws heavily on local sources but also on her imagination as she wonders what life must have been like “back then.

Nick Gombash’s Genealogy Blog is packed with facts on Nick’s European ancestors. He calls working with Hungarian records “a true passion,” which shows in his prolific and detailed posts. Detailed categorization lets you jump to the content most interesting to you.

Discovering Latvian Roots directs newbie researchers to the 13-step post Getting Started with Latvian Research. In addition to tips, resources and news, she offers inspiring updates on her research process.

Al’s Polish-American Genealogy Research contains hundreds of posts and tons of links from “Al,” who is Wisconsin writer Brian Allen Wierzba. Especially valuable on this site are the many images and translations of Polish records.

Blog of the Russian Genealogical Project is a young blog, but can be a valuable resource for English-speakers. It is run by a small team of researchers in the United States and Russia, including Kirill Chashchin, who’s been tracing his family history for 12 years.

Spartan Roots records the research and shares the expertise of veteran genealogist Carol Kostakos Petranek. Her attractive site is well-organized and packed with tips and encouragement for those with Greek roots, who often face challenges using records of their homeland.

Finding Our Italian Roots shares the expertise of certified genealogist Melanie D. Holtz. She intersperses news with how-to help and history, such as her 2012 series on 19th-century life in southern Italy.


Siyi Genealogy isn’t as current as others on our list (as of press time), but the site is beautifully laid out and contains a lot of information on Chinese family history research—specifically on the “four counties” area of Guangdong. It feels like a gift to find this information in English.

Israel Genealogy Research Association aims to share “new technology, new energy and new excitement” about genealogy in Israel. You’ll also see resources for most of the world because of the worldwide historical migration of Jews. This is a no-nonsense blog: all news, events, research and resources.

Japanese Genealogy Blog provides valuable insight into Japanese family history research—a field for which resources in English are scarce. American blogger Valerie Elkins has lived in Japan and worked at the Family History Library as a volunteer consultant for Japanese research. She talks about records, language issues, customs, immigration and more.

My Pakistani Ancestry is written by an anonymous “20-something British Pakistani” in the hopes of inspiring others to trace their Pakistani roots. Posts include the writer’s own research, memorials to Pakistani soldiers and how-tos for Pakistani records.

Africa and Oceana


Family History Across the Seas author “Cassmob” describes herself as a “dyed-in-the-wool Queenslander” who now lives in Darwin in the Northern Territory. Her detailed, expert entries will help those new to Aussie research, especially a series of posts called “Beyond the Internet” that describe traditional genealogical records from an Australian perspective.

New Zealand
Auckland City Libraries Kintalk Whanau Korero updates followers on genealogical happenings and records access at the library and beyond. Find links to events, online resources, the library’s genealogy collection, and family history forums.

Samoan Genealogy Group shares family research, Samoan resources and wider topics of interest to all genealogists in an enthusiastic tone with a fun sprinkle of Samoan sayings and photos.

South Africa
Mole’s Genealogy Blog is written by an experienced researcher who specializes in the area of Natal, but also takes interest in historical photographs and the larger history of the British empire in India and South Africa.


You can read the
MyHeritage Blog, written by employees of the eponymous genealogy company, in English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish. Though some content overlaps, each blog posts unique stories of interest to a particular language group (i.e., click on Português for resources related to Brazil or Portugal).
Can’t read the language but want the content? Click on the language you need, then run the page through a web translator.
Tip: Thinking of starting your own blog?
Thomas MacEntee’s free Genealogy Blog Primer and see the resources.

Tip: If you make a genealogy find as a result of something you learn in a blog post, tell the blogger about it in a comment or email—you’ll make the person’s day.

Winding Roads
Don’t limit yourself to reading blogs that cover strictly your ancestral land. Some blogs wander through several countries as they follow a family’s journeys.
The de Büren Family, for example, traces an 800-year trail through Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, England, France and the United States.
The Passionate Genealogist traces ancestral paths through Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and England. One blogger maintains two similar blogs with different storylines: A Latvian Canadian Story and A Ukrainian Canadian Story.

söndag, juni 10, 2012

Bruno Andreas Liljefors

Bruno Liljefors 1860 - 1939 (79 years) Animal painter, artist
Bruno Liljefors was born May 14, 1860 in Uppsala, the son of gunpowder merchant Anders Liljefors (1813 -) and Margaret Mary Lindbeck (1829 -). As a child, it is said that Bruno was sickly and weak and therefore spent much time indoors, where he sat and drew and drew. In order to improve his health, he was prescribed fresh air and walking.
Already as a young man he drew with a sure hand animals in motion, such as dogs, foxes and flying birds. He spent much time outdoors, both on hunting trips and friluftsman.
All these exercises caused him to grow up to be an athletic gymnast. Along with his two younger brothers, he performed even at the circus for a period of "The Brothers Manzondi".
Nineteen years old, he joined the Academy where he attended the years 1879-1882. There he met Anders Zorn, and they became good friends.
During his studies, he pulled himself up by selling some stock pictures to magazines, including New Illustrated magazine, which paid a 30-40 SEK per animal picture. His "moonlighting" was, however, over studying but the teachers agreed to some of absence when they realized how talented he was. The atmosphere at the academy was changed after two of the teachers died in the space of six months. Now tolerated suddenly no longer absences, and including Anders Zorn left the school and in 1882 also ended Bruno.
He traveled abroad for a time, including France, Denmark and a few months in Düsseldorf where he received guidance in his paintings of animals and hunting painter Carl Friedrich Deiker (1836-1892). Back home, he received orders for paintings, which he was doing throughout 1880 - and the 90's.
Twenty-seven years old (1887) he married Anna Olofsson and the following year (1888) he was offered to substitute for two years to Carl Larsson as head of the Valand art school in Gothenburg.

Anna Olofsson

Carl Larsson was in Paris to paint pictures for his benefactor Pontus Fürstenberg (1827-1902). Furstenberg was a man who involved himself in the young artists in Gothenburg and Bruno was soon commissioned by him, too. Bruno's homesick, however, became too great and after one year temporary position, he said up and went home to Kvarnbo outside Uppsala.

His marriage to Anne was not so successful, and after some years they divorced. 1895, he married her younger sister Signe Olofsson. In 1906 he was called to chair a member of Berlin's Academy of Art. Bruno was one of the best and brightest animal painters Sweden had.
He died in Stockholm on 18 December 1939, 79 years old. One of his paintings were sold in 2004 to 4.2 million

The portrait of Bruno is painted by Anders Zorn
in 1909.

A selection of Bruno's paintings:
* Forest Dove - 1873
* Rävfamilj in early summer morning - 1882
* Cat on a bird hunting - 1883
* Father's portrait - 1884
* Five bird pictures in one frame - 1885
* Tjäderlek 1889
* Crows - 1891
* Fox has a hare - 1893
* Leopard eider - 1894
* The owl - 1895
* Sunrise at sea - 1896
* Sea Eagles - 1897
* Migrating geese - 1898
* Capercaillies in winter - 1899
* Common Eider Split - 1900
* Mergansers - 1901
* Golden Eagle hunting a hare - 1904
* Capercaillie Partridge - 1904
* Flying Eagles - 1904
* The sentences of wild geese - 1905
* Snipe - 1905
* Meadow with sandpipers - 1906
* Eider ducks (out on a rock in the sea) - 1907
* Black grouse in the bog - 1907
* Eurasian Curlew - 1907

Burial: Uppsala - old cemetery

lördag, juni 09, 2012

John Bauer, Swedish painter and illustrator

Self Portrait of John from 1908.

John Bauer painted beautiful, magical enchanted paintings.
He was a Swedish painter and illustrator
and died 36 years old in November 20, 1918 on the
lake Vättern.
John Bauer was born June 4 1882 and raised in Jönköping with his two brothers and sister, Anna Bauer, whose early death at 13 had a profound effect on John and his brothers. Living in an apartment situated above their father's charcuterie, he was always given to sketching and drawing. At sixteen, he set off for Stockholm to study art, and after two years he entered the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts.
At the academy he met Esther Ellquist, whom he would marry in December 1906. Together they embarked on a two-year long trip to Germany and Italy to study art (1908–1910).
Bauer's wife became the model for many of Bauer's paintings, most notably The Fairy Princess in 1905.
Bauer suffered from depression and self-doubts. By 1918 his marriage was falling apart, divorce was being discussed, and the world was at war. John and Esther, and their two-year old son, Bengt or Putte, were on their way to a new home in Stockholm, where John hoped for spiritual renewal and a new life for himself and his family. In the wake of the recent well-publicized train accident of Getå, John booked their return to Stockholm on a ferry, the Per Brahe steamer.
John Bauer died in the shipwreck of Per Brahe along with Ester and Bengt.


Bauer's early work was influenced to a large extent by Albert Engström and Carl Larsson, two contemporaries and influential painters. Bauer's first major work was commissioned in 1904, when he was asked to illustrate a book on Lappland. It was not until 1907 that he would become known for his illustrations of Bland tomtar och troll, the yearly fairy tale book, in which his most highly acclaimed works would be published in the 1912-1915 editions.
Bauer also produced a fresco, Den helige Martin (The Holy Martin), which can be seen in the Odd Fellows lodge in Nyköping. Bauer's themes can be found in later works by the illustrators Arthur Rackham, Sulamith Wülfing, Kay Nielsen, Brian Froud and Rebecca Guay.

Modern day influence

On the 100-year anniversary of the birth of John Bauer, the Swedish postal service made three, and later in 1997 four stamps with motifs from Bland tomtar och troll.
A Scandinavian franchise of private schools has derived its name and some themes from John Bauer, naming its classes after his characters, for example.

He is mentioned in Neil Gaiman's comic book series The Sandman.
The visual look of the motion picture The Dark Crystal, by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was developed by primary concept artist and chief creature designer, Brian Froud, who in turn was inspired by the art of John Bauer.
Norwegian Artist Mortiis uses the art of John Bauer on his ambient albums.

You can read more here : http://bauer.artpassions.net/
and here : http://www.johnbauersmuseum.nu/diverse/english.html

Ruth Esther Elisabeth Ellqvist-Bauer was born August 4, 1880 in Ausås, died November 20, 1918 on the lake, was a Swedish artist working as a painter.
Ellqvist studied in the late 1890s at the Technical School in Stockholm, from where she continued her studies at the Art Academy from 1900 to 1905 during Arborelius. At the same time she pursued studies in etching at Tallberg's etching school.
After her marriage to John Bauer, she reluctantly cancel his artistic education.
She was about to resume his painting when she was with her husband and son died in the Per Brahe's demise outside Hästholmen in the lake Vättern.

Self Portrait of Esther.

Per Brahe was a steamer who wrecked at night 19 November 1918.
John Bauer is just 36 years old. He dies with his wife Esther and their son Putte when Per Brahe steamer wrecked at night 19 November 1918.
The accident is a very renowned event that contributes to John Bauer's fame. Perhaps it is seen as a fitting end, though tragic, that fabulous artist went to their death in the magical Vätterns depth.
The family Bauer embarks on the canal boat Per Brahe in GrÄnnas port at half past eleven at night. During the day, they visited an artist friend, assembly in for dinner. It has sparked a lot of high winds during the day but at night they have subsided somewhat.
When the boat leaves the harbor, a little late, blowing it once again, however up to the storm. Earlier in the day, the steamer loaded with sewing machines from Husqvarna. They have lashed fast to the boat in a way that later proved wrong - and very fatal.

At the entrance to the next port at Hästholmen (just south of Omberg) capsized Per Brahe, a few hundred yards from shore. Steamer - with 16 crew and 8 passengers - sink to the bottom. The accident sequence is very fast and no one on board manage to escape.

The next day begins jetsam wash ashore. When you realize that disaster strikes, and that the famous fairy artist are among the victims, flagged it at half mast throughout the city. The press writes about the dramatic event for a long time to come.

Only four years later launched the widely acclaimed recovery of the Per Brahe. The whole country following the event, and John Bauer's tragic death made ​​him even more famous and talked about than before. John's body found outside his cabin, Esther and Puttes found in the saloon.
John Bauer and his family were taken to the Jönköping eastern cemetery where they buried 1922nd.
This is SS PerBrahe.

Tombstones in Sweden

Here you can search for tombstones and info about them, in various locations in Sweden.
There will be new every day.
It is unfortunately only in Swedish.
Gravstensinventering :
Tombstones in Sweden

onsdag, juni 06, 2012

National Day of Sweden

National Day of Sweden (Sveriges nationaldag) is a national holiday in Sweden on 6 June every year.
The day was renamed and justified as the national day by Riksdagen, the Swedish parliament, in 1983.
Previously it was commemorated as Svenska flaggans dag (Swedish flag day).

tisdag, juni 05, 2012

Old unknown photographs

These are two of several pictures in an old album.
I do not know the name of the person.
The photographer's name is Olle Presto, Vanersborg.
The album is stored on Ulricehamns museum.

fredag, juni 01, 2012


Here in Sweden we have very fine rhubarb in the garden.

I hope it tastes good with a rhubarb cake .... maybe with some whipped cream .. ...

Rhubarb cake

1/2 cup Margarine
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup Sour cream
1 tsp.Vanilla
2 cups Flour
1 tsp.Baking soda
2 cups Rhubarb; chopped

1/2 cup Brown sugar
1 tablespoonFlour
1 tsp.Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Margarine

Rhubarb cake Preparation

Cream first 5 ingredients.
Add flour and baking soda and mix well.
Add ruhbarb and stir.
Pour into greased 9x13 pan.
Mix topping and sprinkle over cake.
Bake in a 350 oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

Dikten "Tomten" av Abraham Viktor Rydberg född 18 december 1828 i Jönköping i Jönköpings län (Småland) död 21 septemb...