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1950s–1960s

 

Already as a student, Tove Jansson was interested in using large pictorial surfaces. Over the decades, she created numerous monumental paintings for public spaces around Finland.

In her paintings from the 1950s and 1960s, she simplified and abstracted motifs that were often based on landscapes, the sea and storms.

The Moomin tableaux are three-dimensional stories that Jansson and her life companion Tuulikki Pietilä kept building over many years. The initial inspiration came from Pentti Eistola, who built the very first Moominhouse. Jansson put the finishing touches on Eistola’s house together with Tuulikki Pietilä and her mother.