Written and published on 12 May 2022 Location: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California
ARE THESE GNOMES?
THE HICCUP: IS THIS A TROLL?
Here are some of the nature spirits painted by John Bauer. I like his illustrations very much! There is a hiccup which I will discuss below. At any rate, here are what seem to me to be quite good representations of gnomes and a changeling …
From the size and bearing of the nature spirits shown above, it seems to me the John Bauer painted there what I call ‘gnomes’. Yet the painter calls them ‘trolls’.
I do see what I call ‘trolls’ in other paintings produced by John Bauer. These look rather like the nature spirits shown below, but are much larger … which are a good deal taller than a young man would be. Here is one such illustration of what I might call a ‘troll’ …