Harald Garmland 1904-1985

Karl Harald Garmland was born in Katrineholm on 6th February 1904. He was a Swedish painter and theatrical set designer.

Garmland attended Edward Berggren's painting school (Berggrens Målarskola), Stockholm and the Konstakademien (Academy of Fine Arts), Stockholm (1926-28). He then studied in Paris at Académie Colarossi, London and Amsterdam.

Garmland worked as a theatrical set designer. Starting at Södra Teatern, Stockholm (1929) Garmland soon became one of Stockholm's most popular set designers. Notable productions and theatres include ‘Nymånen’ at the Oscarsteatern, Stockholm (1933) and at the Blancheteatern, Stockholm with 'Twelfth Night' (1933); Pär Lagerkvist's 'Midsommar-dröm I fattighuset' (1941); Maxim Gorkijs' 'The Lower Depths' (1942); Checkov's 'Uncle Vanja' (1941) and 'The Cherry Orchard' (1944) and the Kungliga Operan (Royal Swedish Opera) with Jacques Offenbach's 'La Belle Hélène' (1944).

Garmland also produced stage sets for theatres in Oslo and Copenhagen and exhibited his production and costume designs in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and New York. Garmland exhibited his paintings at the Konstnärshuse, Stockholm with The Swedish Artists' Association (1942 and 1950)

Examples of Garmland's works are held in the collections of the National Museum and the Theater Museum (at Drottningholms Slottsteater), Stockholm; Lund University's Art Museum; The Theatre Museum, New York City and the Brazilian Conservatory of Music, Rio de Janeiro.

Karl Harald Garmland died in Stockholm on 3rd February 1985, aged 80.

Harald Garmland