Hans Arnold 1925 – 2010

The illustrator Hans Arnold has passed away. Most famous for his illustration for the ABBA Greatest Hits album in 1975, Hans Arnold’s illustrations thrilled a whole generation of Swedes born in the 60-70ies. His surreal horror/erotica-style, was something completely unique and you never had to look for the signature ARNOLD in the right-hand corner to know it was his. He brought underground illustration to the foreground. As one author put it: Hans Arnold was the first illustrator whose name I knew.


Hans Arnold had a very strict upbringing in Switzerland. Heaven and hell was ever present. After moving to Sweden in 1948 he established himself as an illustrator for magazines, books, animation and set design. In 1973, Hans Arnold illustrated Most Beloved Sister by Astrid Lindgren.

Hans Arnold 1925-2010

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