This charcoal drawing was the first of Tove’s artworks to be shown in a public exhibition (The Humorists, 1933).
Tove’s schooldays were difficult and this early painting shows the energy of a young student finally free of school.
This painting from Tove’s time at the Ateneum (the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts) highlights how she never fitted in. Tove did not embrace the artistic views of the Ateneum, nor traditional gender roles.
During the 1940s, Tove painted a series of self portraits featuring a broad range of props to highlight various aspects of her personality.
This painting is an homage to Rembrandt and shows how seriously Tove took her career as a painter.
The war years were the toughest for Tove, but throwing herself into her work helped her cope.
The 1940s marked Tove’s professional coming of age as an artist, with milestones such as moving into her own studio and writing the first Moomin books.
Although the Moomins brought Tove fame and adoration, they sidelined her career as a painter, which became a niggling issue for her.
Tove’s career as a painter experienced a rebirth and mellowing in the early 1960s.
Everything changed after her mother’s death. But the 1970s also brought happy times, such as a trip around the world with Tuulikki.