Henrik Hansen was an Aarhus painter and draftsman. His full name was Henrik Hansen Laub. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. A study trip to Rome in 1920 made an indelible impression on the young artist. Upon his return, he was employed at Aarhus Stiftstidende, where for a lifetime he was always at the center of city life and portrayed all events with his easily recognizable line.
He also made quite a few posters. At Dansk Plakatkunst he is represented with three posters, ia the beautiful poster for Svendborg Swimming Hall from 1938, with the woman who looks as if she has just risen from the sea. His signature on the posters is often confused with Arne Ungermanns, but connoisseurs will know to see the difference.
Henrik Hansen also designed logos and labels for various companies. Many will recognize his logo and label for Tørsleffs Vanila, which is still used in a modernized version. The exotic and turban-clad Indian, who is still one of Denmark’s most famous brands.
He became nationally owned in Denmark through the annually recurring cover of Familie Journal’s Christmas issue, which he drew from 1940 until his death in 1980.