Tove Jansson Biography

A brief biography of Tove Marika Jansson, artist, children's book writer and illustrator.

BIOGRAPHY

Tove Marika Jansson, artist, children's book writer and illustrator, was born in Helsinki, Finland. Her father, Viktor Jansson, was a sculptor, and his mother, Signe Hammarten-Jansson, was a graphic artist. She studied art at Konstfack in Stockholm, the Finnish Art Society, and the Ecole d'Adrien Holy and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. She became an accomplished artist before beginning her career as a cartoonist in the 1920s. She contributed to the magazine GARM for 25 years.

Jansson first began contributing her art to magazines when she was 15. Her 1946 publication, MUMINTROLLET OCH KOMETEN (COMET IN MOOMINLAND), first introduced the Moomin characters for which she became most famous. In 1953 she began drawing the comic strip "Moomin" for THE LONDON EVENING NEWS. She has been awarded the Finnish State Award in literature three times and became the first person to receive the Suomi Award.

CHRONOLOGY

1914 She was born in Helsinki, Finland. (August 9)

1920 Her brother, Per, was born.

1926 Her brother, Lars, was born.

1930 She studied art at Konstfack in Stockholm.

1933 She studied art at the Finnish Art Society in Helsinki.

1938 She studied art at the Ecole d'Adrien Holy and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

1943 She had her first private exhibition in Helsinki.

1945 SMATROLLEN OCH DEN STORA OVERSVAMNINGEN

1946 MUMINTROLLET OCH KOMETEN (COMET IN MOOMINLAND); She had her first commercial success as an artist in an exhibition at the Backsbacka gallery.

1947 She worked for NY TID.

1948 TROLLKARLENS HATT (FINN FAMILY MOOMINTROLL)

1950 MUMINPAPPAS BRAVADER (THE EXPLOITS OF MOOMINPAPPA)

1952 HUR GICK DET SEN?; She received the Stockholm Award for best children's books.

1953 She began drawing the comic strip "Moomin" for THE LONDON EVENING NEWS.; She received the Selma Lagerlof Medal.



1954 FARLIG MIDSOMMAR (MOOMINSUMMER MADNESS)

1957 MUMINTROLLET; MUMINTROLLET OCH HEMLIGA TECKNEN; TROLLVINTER (MOOMINLAND MIDWINTER)

1958 TROLL I KULISSERNA; Her father died.

1959 Her brother, Lars Jansson, took over draing the comic strip "Moomin."

1960 VEM SKA TROSTA KNYTTET (WHO COMFORTRS TOFFLE?)

1962 DET OSYNLIGA BARNET OCH ANDRA BERATTELSER (TALES FROM MOOMIN VALLEY)

1963 She was awarded the Finnish State Award in literature.

1965 PAPPAN OCH HAVET (MOOMINPAPPA AT SEA)

1966 She received the Interanational Hans Christian Andersen Medal.

1968 BILDHUGGARENS DOTTER (SCULPTOR'S DAUGHTER)

1970 SENT I NOVEMNER (MOOMINVALLEY IN NOVEMBER); Her mother died.

1971 LYSSNERSKAN; She was awarded the Finnish State Award in literature a second time.

1972 SOMMARBOKEN

1974 ORM I SALONGEN; SOLSTADEN; MUUMIOOPPERA; HEMULEN SOM ALSKADE TYSTNADEN

1976 FOSTRET; GYMNASTIKLARARENS DOD

1977 DEN FARLIGA RESAN; KVINNAN SOM LANADE MINNEN; MUMIN 1-2

1978 DOCKSKAPET OCH ANDRA BERATTELSER; FILIFJONKA SOM TRODDE PA KATASTROFER

1980 SKURKEN I MUMINHUSET

1981 MUMIN 3-10, 1978-81

1982 DEN ARLIGA BEDRAGAREN; She was awarded the Finnish State Award in literature a third time.

1984 STENAKERN

1987 The Moomin museum was opened in Tampere.

1988 RESA MED LATT BAGAGE

1989 RENT SPEL

1991 BREV FRAN KLARA; She donated her GARM drawings to the Art Museum of Tampere.

1993 MUUMIMAMMAN KEITTOKIRJA; She received the Suomi Award.

1995 SUURI MUUMIKIRJA

1996 ANTECNINGAR FRAN EN O

1999 VIESTI: VALITUT NOVELLIT 1971-1997

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