ⓘ Kamma Svensson. Karen Margrete Svensson was a Danish illustrator who contributed drawings to Danish newspapers and magazines, especially Politiken. Her illustra ..

                                     

ⓘ Kamma Svensson

Karen Margrete Svensson was a Danish illustrator who contributed drawings to Danish newspapers and magazines, especially Politiken. Her illustrated books include those by Lise Norgaard and Johannes Mollehave. Svensson also created posters for Copenhagens Tivoli and designed decorative plates and spoons for Royal Copenhagen.

                                     

1. Early life

Born in Sonderborg on 28 November 1908, Karen Margrete Svensson was the daughter of the newspaper editor and politician Adolph Bernhard Svensson 1880–1963 and Kathrine Marie Billum 1884–1976. In 1929, she married the Berlin architect Heinrich Hartwig but the marriage was dissolved in 1935. In 1937, she married the business executive Helge Peter Emil Bech Emborg 1910–1995. Despite her marriages, Svensson continued to use her maiden name throughout her life. She had three children: Klaus 1932, Franz 1937 and Morten 1939.

During the First World War, Svensson lived with her mother and siblings in Flensburg while her father was called up to join the German forces. In 1920, the family settled in Haderslev in southern Jutland where in 1927 she graduated from Haderslev Cathedral School. She then studied painting for a short period under Harald Slott-Moller, took a study trip to Paris and attended the Berlin Academy from 1930 to 1933.

                                     

2. Career

Svensson first exhibited at the 1937 Sonderjysk Udstilling, Else Sigfred-Pedersens Barnet under mit Hjerte 1947, and Pearl S. Bucks Bornene og Verden 1947. She soon began to contribute illustrations to newspapers and magazines, including Dagens Nyheder, Berlingske Tidende and above all Politiken where she was employed from 1950 to 1971.

From 1945, her works became increasingly colourful, often inspired by bible stories and fairy tales. Her later works were exhibited at Danske bladtegnere 1980, Kunstnere for fred 1983 and the exhibitions of the Womens Artists Association Kvindelige Kunstneres Samfund in 1976 and 1986. Her last work was the richly illustrated picture book Da Prosper Alpanus og Rosabelle Verde tryllede om kap 1987.

Kamma Svensson died in Copenhagen on 11 February 1988.