Tove Jansson was born on 9th August 1914 in the Katjanokka district of Helsinki. She grew up in an artistic family – her father was a sculptor and her mother was illustrator – and studied art, both in her native city and in Stockholm.
Throughout her life she spent summers on the small island of Klovharu in the Gulf of Finland. Back in her studio, located in a flat in the heart of Helsinki, she would work through the months of autumn and winter, creating some of her most renowned paintings and books. It was here that Jansson finished her first book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, published in 1945, though it was the next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, that brought her fame.
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the artist, the ICA in London is hosting an exhibition of seldom seen original photographs and material relating to her life and work. Tove Jansson: Tales From the Archipelago draws an intimate portrait of Jansson’s life on her private island, which she shared with her partner, Tuulikki Pietilä.
To find out more about the exhibition, click on the photograph below. (All images courtesy of the Finnish Institute in London.)