As a visual artist Jansson was a multi-talented being able to use many different techniques and to follow different style trends. She created a variety of paintings, public works as well as the graphics. Her starting point was always to present something real and concrete like landscapes, portraits and combinations.[caption id="attachment_7005" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Tove Jansson, Party in the Countryside, Helsinki Art Museum[/caption]
Public works and other decorative paintings were important part of Tove Jansson´s artwork. Fresco at the Helsinki City Hall, murals at Aurora Children´s Hospital in Helsinki and number of murals in schools and kindergartens as well as the altarpiece at Teuva church are part of her most significants public works. During her career Tove Jansson had also several solo exhibitions and by comparing these the development of her artistic style can be seen.[caption id="attachment_7006" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Tove Jansson, Before the Masquerade, 1943[/caption]
Jansson wrote the Moomin books for children, starting in 1945 with The Moomins and the Great Flood. The next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, saw the series achieve high sales.[caption id="attachment_6999" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Moomins in the Forest. Art print by Tove Jansson[/caption] And guess what - in Finland you can visit the Moomin Museum! It is a recently opened experiential art museum for art lovers and Moomin fans of all ages. [caption id="attachment_7007" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Moomin Museum inside[/caption] The exhibits comprise a unique collection of original Moomin art donated to Tampere Art Museum by Jansson in 1986. The collection was previously on display in Tampere Art Museum’s Moominvalley from 1987 to 2016. When it was moved to its new venue in Tampere Hall, its name was officially changed to the Moomin Museum.
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