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Tove Jansson is a famous painter, writer-illustrator and cartoonist known for creating the Moomin series of children books and cartoon characters

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 9, 1914
Died onJune 27, 2001
NationalityFinns
FamousMillionaires, Artists, Media Personalities, Cartoonists, Novelists
SpousesTuulikki Pietilä
SiblingsLars Jansson, Per Olov Jansson
Known asTove Marika Jansson, Tuve Marika Yansson, T. Yansson, Tove Janson
Universities
  • 1933 - Konstfack
  • 1937 - Academy of Fine Arts
  • Helsinki
Birth PlaceHelsinki
GenderFemale
FatherViktor Jansson
MotherSigne Hammarsten-Jansson
Sun SignLeo
Born inHelsinki
Famous asNovelist
Died at Age86

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Who is Tove Jansson?

Known today for her contributions to children's literature, Tove Jansson was an accomplished painter, writer and novelist in her lifetime. Born to a Bohemian, open-minded mother and an introspective, artistic father, Tove knew from a young age that she would grow up to be an artist. Raised by a proud and independent mother, she grew up free from much of the restrictions placed on women at the end of the Victorian Era. With the love and support of her family, she traveled through the capitals of Europe, studying and perfecting her artistic techniques. As war ravaged the continent, she began work on writing and illustrating a book for children, the first of a beloved series of fantastical adventures featuring an imaginary family of supernatural creatures. Jansson's books soon became recognized worldwide for their uniquely creative writing style and heartwarming drawings. Although originally scandalous, her decades-long public romantic relationship with another woman now makes her a pioneer in the burgeoning civil rights movement and a hero to many in the LGBT community. Heeding her artistic calling and independent nature throughout her career, she had a long and distinguished life in the public eye, eventually becoming one of the most celebrated authors in Scandinavian history

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Childhood & Early Life

Tove Marika Jansson was born in August 9, 1914 in Helsinki, then part of Grand Duchy of Finland in the Russian Empire. Her mother Signe Hammarsten-Jansson was a graphic designer and illustrator and her father, Viktor Jansson, was a sculptor.

The family belonged to the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland. Tove had two brothers, Lars and Per, both of whom also became artists and writers.

Jansson studied art from 1930 to 1933 in Stockholm, Sweden at the ‘University College of Arts, Crafts and Design’.

From 1933-1937, Jansson studied at the ‘Finnish Academy of Fine Arts’ in Helsinki, Finland. The following year, she studied at ‘L'Ecole d'Adrien Holy and L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts’ in Paris, France.

Career

Throughout the 1930s, Jansson traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, working as an illustrator for book covers, advertisements and postcards. In 1943, she had her first solo art exhibition.

In 1945, her first children's book was published, 'The Moomins and the Great Flood'. The same year, she was commissioned to paint a mural for a factory in Pitäjänmäki, Finland.

A year later, in 1946, she published 'Comet in Moominland'. The second book in the ‘Moomins’ series also became quite popular like its predecessor.

In 1948, she published 'Finn Family Moomintroll', the first of her books to achieve worldwide fame. The following year, she wrote a play based on her book 'Comet in Moominland'.

In 1950, she published 'The Exploits of Moominpappa', which was the fourth book in Moomin series. Few chapters of the book would go on to inspire the Moomin TV Series later.

In 1952, Jansson published the picture book 'The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My'.

In 1954, she published 'Moominsummer Madness'. The same year she was hired to paint the altarpiece for a church in Teuva, Finland.

In 1957, Jansson published 'Moominland Midwinter'. The book marked a distinct change in the narrative of the series shifting the focus to ‘Moomintroll’.

Between 1960 and 1967, she held five solo exhibitions of her paintings. She also published another book in the Moomin series titled 'Moominpappa at Sea'.

She published the short fiction work 'The Hobgoblin's Hat'. Two years later in 1968, she released her semi-autobiographical novel 'Sculptor's Daughter'.

In 1970, Jansson published 'Moominvalley in November', the last book in her Moomin series.

From 1977-1981, she illustrated and published seven books of 'Mumin' comic strips.

She also wrote and published five novels for adults and published five collections of short stories.

In 1984, she began painting murals featuring her 'Moomin' characters for several schools in and around Pori, Finland.

In 1996, three books of Jansson's short fiction were published posthumously: 'The Invisible Child', 'The Last Dragon in the World' and 'The Secret of the Hattifatteners'.

In 2002, the novel 'The Exploits of Mooninpappa, Described by Himself' was posthumously published.

Major Works

Tove Jansson is most famous for creating the 'Moomin' series of children's books and comic strips, a total of 15 works that have been translated in 45 languages and sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. The city of Tampere, Finland has a museum dedicated to the 'Moomin' characters created by her.

Awards & Achievements

Tove Jansson was awarded the ‘Hans Christian Andersen Medal’ in 1966 for her contributions to children's literature.

Jansson was awarded the ‘Order of the Smile’ in 1975.

Personal Life & Legacy

Jansson passed away on June 27, 2001 at age 86, after a lengthy and respected career in the visual and literary arts. Although she was briefly engaged to marry a man, she maintained a romantic partnership with Tuulikki Pietilä from 1956 until her death.

Trivia

Although it was not published until 1933, Jansson wrote her first story 'Sara and Pelle and the Water Sprites's Octopuses' when she was just 14 years old.

In 2004, a 10-euro commemorative coin was struck in Finland to honor Jansson. Jansson has stated that the original inspiration for her 'Moomin' characters was the German philosopher Immanuel Kant

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Tove Jansson awards

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Order of the Smile - 1975
Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing - 1966
Selma Lagerlöf Prize - 1992

Tove Jansson biography timelines

  • // 9th Aug 1914
    Tove Marika Jansson was born in August 9, 1914 in Helsinki, then part of Grand Duchy of Finland in the Russian Empire. Her mother Signe Hammarsten-Jansson was a graphic designer and illustrator and her father, Viktor Jansson, was a sculptor.
  • // 1930 To 1933
    Jansson studied art from 1930 to 1933 in Stockholm, Sweden at the ‘University College of Arts, Crafts and Design’.
  • // 1933 To 1937
    From 1933-1937, Jansson studied at the ‘Finnish Academy of Fine Arts’ in Helsinki, Finland. The following year, she studied at ‘L'Ecole d'Adrien Holy and L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts’ in Paris, France.
  • // 1933
    Although it was not published until 1933, Jansson wrote her first story 'Sara and Pelle and the Water Sprites's Octopuses' when she was just 14 years old.
  • // 1943
    Throughout the 1930s, Jansson traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, working as an illustrator for book covers, advertisements and postcards. In 1943, she had her first solo art exhibition.
  • // 1945
    In 1945, her first children's book was published, 'The Moomins and the Great Flood'. The same year, she was commissioned to paint a mural for a factory in Pitäjänmäki, Finland.
  • // 1946
    A year later, in 1946, she published 'Comet in Moominland'. The second book in the ‘Moomins’ series also became quite popular like its predecessor.
  • // 1948
    In 1948, she published 'Finn Family Moomintroll', the first of her books to achieve worldwide fame. The following year, she wrote a play based on her book 'Comet in Moominland'.
  • // 1950
    In 1950, she published 'The Exploits of Moominpappa', which was the fourth book in Moomin series. Few chapters of the book would go on to inspire the Moomin TV Series later.
  • // 1952
    In 1952, Jansson published the picture book 'The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My'.
  • // 1954
    In 1954, she published 'Moominsummer Madness'. The same year she was hired to paint the altarpiece for a church in Teuva, Finland.
  • // 27th Jun 1956 To 27th Jun 2001
    Jansson passed away on June 27, 2001 at age 86, after a lengthy and respected career in the visual and literary arts. Although she was briefly engaged to marry a man, she maintained a romantic partnership with Tuulikki Pietilä from 1956 until her death.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, Jansson published 'Moominland Midwinter'. The book marked a distinct change in the narrative of the series shifting the focus to ‘Moomintroll’.
  • // 1960 To 1967
    Between 1960 and 1967, she held five solo exhibitions of her paintings. She also published another book in the Moomin series titled 'Moominpappa at Sea'.
  • // 1966
    Tove Jansson was awarded the ‘Hans Christian Andersen Medal’ in 1966 for her contributions to children's literature.
  • // 1968
    She published the short fiction work 'The Hobgoblin's Hat'. Two years later in 1968, she released her semi-autobiographical novel 'Sculptor's Daughter'.
  • // 1970
    In 1970, Jansson published 'Moominvalley in November', the last book in her Moomin series.
  • // 1975
    Jansson was awarded the ‘Order of the Smile’ in 1975.
  • // 1977 To 1981
    From 1977-1981, she illustrated and published seven books of 'Mumin' comic strips.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, she began painting murals featuring her 'Moomin' characters for several schools in and around Pori, Finland.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, three books of Jansson's short fiction were published posthumously: 'The Invisible Child', 'The Last Dragon in the World' and 'The Secret of the Hattifatteners'.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, the novel 'The Exploits of Mooninpappa, Described by Himself' was posthumously published.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, a 10-euro commemorative coin was struck in Finland to honor Jansson. Jansson has stated that the original inspiration for her 'Moomin' characters was the German philosopher Immanuel Kant

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  • What is Tove Jansson birthday?

    Tove Jansson was born at 1914-08-09

  • When was Tove Jansson died?

    Tove Jansson was died at 2001-06-27

  • Where was Tove Jansson died?

    Tove Jansson was died in Helsinki

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    Tove Jansson was died at age 86

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    Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki

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    Tove Jansson's nationalities is Finns

  • Who is Tove Jansson spouses?

    Tove Jansson's spouses is Tuulikki Pietilä

  • Who is Tove Jansson siblings?

    Tove Jansson's siblings is Lars Jansson, Per Olov Jansson

  • What was Tove Jansson universities?

    Tove Jansson studied at 1933 - Konstfack, 1937 - Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

  • Who is Tove Jansson's father?

    Tove Jansson's father is Viktor Jansson

  • Who is Tove Jansson's mother?

    Tove Jansson's mother is Signe Hammarsten-Jansson

  • What is Tove Jansson's sun sign?

    Tove Jansson is Leo

  • How famous is Tove Jansson?

    Tove Jansson is famouse as Novelist