09 March 2018

Förlag Nordisk Konst

In 1911, the Swedish cinema rose to international prominence when Svenska Biografteatern moved from Kristianstad to Lidingö. During the next decade the company's two star-directors, Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller, produced many outstanding silent films, including several adaptations of stories by the Nobel-prizewinning novelist Selma Lagerlöf. Sjöström's films made poetic use of the Swedish landscape and developed moving studies of character and emotion. Postcards of that era are quite rare but exquisite. One of the publishers was Förlag Nordisk Konst in Stockholm. Today 15 sepia postcards by Nordisk with scenes of silent Swedish films.

Lars Hanson in Sängen om den eldröda blomman
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 550. Photo: Svenska Biografteatern, Stockholm. Lars Hanson and Lillebil Christensen in Sängen om den eldröda blomman/The Song of the Red Flower (Mauritz Stiller 1919).

Karin Molander in Tösen från Stormyrtorpet
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 843. Photo: Svenska Biografteatern. Karin Molander in Tösen från Stormyrtorpet/The Girl from the Marsh Croft (Victor Sjöström, 1917). Caption: Hildur dressed up as bride.

Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru/ The Outlaw and His Wife
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 844/8. Photo: Svenska Biografteatern AB. Victor Sjöström and Edith Erastoff in Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru/The Outlaw and His Wife (Victor Sjöström, 1918). Caption: Outside society.

Victor Sjöström in Thomas Graals bästa film
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 876/3. Photo: Svenska Biografteatern. Victor Sjöström in Thomas Graals bästa film/Thomas Graal's Best Film (Mauritz Stiller, 1917).

Hauk Aabel and Stina Stockenstam in Alexander den Store
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 877/1. Photo: Svenska Biografteatern. Hauk Aabel and Stina Stockenstam in Alexander den Store/Alexander the Great (Mauritz Stiller, 1917). The story of the film deals with a provincial hotel cook, named Alexander the Great, in whose restaurant not only the dishes can be spicy. Caption: Alexander has rediscovered his beloved from his youth.

Ingmarssönerna/ Sons of Ingmar
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 958/8. Harriet Bosse in Ingmarssönerna/Sons of Ingmar (Victor Sjöström, 1919). Caption: I have to do something or I won't find any rest in my soul.

Richard Lund in Sir Arne's Treasure (1919)
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no 1078/1. Richard Lund as Sir Archi(e) in Herr Arnes pengar/Sir Arne's Treasure (Mauritz Stiller, 1919).

Richard Lund in Sir Arne's Treasure
Swedish postcard by Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1078/8. Richard Lund, Bror Berger and Erik Stocklassa in Herr Arnes pengar/Sir Arne's Treasure (Mauritz Stiller, 1919). Caption: On the Lookout.

Dunungen
Swedish postcard by Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1091/6. Photo: Renée Björling and Ivan Hedqvist in Dunungen/In Quest of Happiness (Ivan Hedqvist, 1919).

Karin Ingmarsdotter (1920)
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1093/10. Photo: Svenska Biografteatren. Tora Teje in Karin Ingmarsdotter/Karin Daughter of Ingmar (Victor Sjöström, 1920).

Karin Molander in Fiskebyn
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1094/4. Photo: Svenska Biografteatern. Karin Molander and Egil Eide in Fiskebyn/The Fishing Village (Mauritz Stiller, 1920).

Karin Molander in Fiskebyn
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1094/7. Photo: Svenska Biografteatern. Karin Molander in Fiskebyn/The Fishing Village/Chains (Mauritz Stiller, 1920).

Pauline Brunius in Thora van Deken
Swedish postcard by Verlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1095/9. Photo: Skandia Film. Pauline Brunius, Gösta Ekman, Jessie Wessel and Oscar Johansson in Thora van Deken (John W. Brunius, 1920).

Victor Sjöström in Körkarlen - The Phantom Carriage
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1117/7. Photo: Svensk Filmindustri. Victor Sjöström in Körkarlen/The Phantom Carriage, (Victor Sjöström, 1920).

Lars Hanson
Swedish postcard by Förlag Nordisk Konst, Stockholm, no. 1286. Photo: Goodwin, 1924. Lars Hanson as Gösta Berling in Gösta Berlings saga/The Story of Gösta Berling (Mauritz Stiller, 1924).

Sources: Wikipedia and Ross Verlag Postcards.

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