Ivar Axel Henrik Arosenius (Oct. 8, 1878 – Jan. 2, 1909, from the complications of haemophilia); a Swedish painter and author of picture books. In the latter capacity he is most noted for the book Kattresan (The Cat Journey), which was published after his death. He lived in the village of Älvängen, north of Gothenburg. After his death, his house fell into disrepair and was finally demolished. He is buried at Östra kyrkogården in Gothenburg.

In Älvängen, one of the schools, Aroseniusskolan, is named after Ivar Arosenius.

Nowadays, some of Ivar Arosenius' paintings can be seen at the Museum of Art in Gothenburg.

Ivar Arosenius died of complications resulting from haemophilia on 1 January 1909, at the age of just 30. In his short life he had led a dissolute, bohemian existence, but in later years he had settled down, married, and fathered a daughter, nicknamed Lillan, whom he worshipped. He left behind a treasure trove of paintings, many of which reflect the circumstances of his life and feature a distinctive, dreamlike, fairy-tale atmosphere.

The majority are small-scale watercolors, in which bizarre and burlesque elements are mixed with seriousness and quiet melancholy. The repertoire of themes includes the eternal riddles of life and death, and questions of good and evil. Some of the works also contain allusions to the seven deadly sins, including lust and gluttony.

In the spirit of the Swedish 18th-century poet Carl Michael Bellman (1740–1795) and his alter ego Fredman, Arosenius often preaches a somewhat trite gospel of hedonism in these works, suggesting that if you have a glass in your hand and a girl on your knee, you can sit back and watch the world go by with gentle indulgence....
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