TO PAINT IS TO BE – Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson at her studio

Tove Jansson at her studio in 1956

The Guardian has published last Sunday a nice article about one of my favourite Finnish female artistist – Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001). She was an extra-ordinary talent: writer, artist and cartoonist. Her creations are part of all the Finns heritage.
But she was also a role model – bravely anti-nazi during the war and openly bisexual in the times it was a tabu. She prefered to spend her summers ascetically in a small island in the middle of no-where and with no connections.
Her paintings have reached record prizes in the past months in Finnish auction houses.
If you will visit Helsinki next summer, you should absolutely visit Didirichen art museum. They have a retrospective exhibition of Tove Jansson on at this moment entitled TO PAINT IS TO BE! The exhibition concentrates on Jansson’s career as a visual artist beginning with early paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.