In honor of August I thought we would focus on an artist named August. Johan August Malmström to be exact.
He was a professor at the Swedish Academy of Arts from 1867 to 1894, manager of the Academy from 1887 to 1893, as well as an artist.
He was born October 14 1829 in Motala Sweden. His father was a carpenter and sculpted ornamental pieces for the local parish church. His mother had a love for literature she shared with August and influenced his love of history and Norse mythology.
An injury to his right hand when he was younger exempted him from hard work and enabled him to pursue his love of art. Not only did he paint but he drew illustrations for several publications, designed patterns, and furniture and made tableware.
August died October 18 1901 in Stockholm Sweden.