Ann Mari Sjögren Biography
A TRUE FAIRY TALE
are privileged to be able to include here an interview
with Ann Mari Sjögren completed in late 2002 by our
good friend Per Arne Skansen from Sweden. A true fairy
tale of one of the great children's fairy book illustrators
of the 20th century.
Ann Mari is a lady of 84, full of warmth and humour,
crystal clear in mind and with lots of stories to tell.
Ann Mari had a natural talent for drawing, quite from
early childhood. After school, she started a career
as commercial artist, then was employed by a publishing
house for a short time; that's how she came into the
of her life she has been a freelance, working with books
as well as advertising.
"A Day in Fairy Land" was published in many languages,
and possibly in quite large editions. Information from
some old newspaper clippings shows publishers talking
about "millions of copies" being printed in the United
States, but we understand they may have been more marketing
than facts. The royalties the artist received very little
of it all, just a payment once for the pictures.
Ann Mari said: "Once in Norway on vacation, I visited
a bookshop and saw my own pictures in a Norwegian edition.
I didn't even know about it.
Mari recently commented that she would be proud to be
included in the new Fairy Book to be launched later
this year by Fairies
World ™ and London publishers, Chrysalis Books.
"It's encouraging to find my work being appreciated.
I had quit painting for about 20 years (1969 - 1989)
and then this neighbour, Lena Lindh, started digging
in my piles of drawings and made me start again, also
arranging these school books to be published. And now
you and these people in England are interested. I'm
Ann Mari Sjögren
With special thanks to Per Arne Skansen
11th February 2003
Swedish artist Ann Mari Sjögren passed away peacefully early on Sunday 11 July 2010.