Most people will be familiar with Moomins, those hippo-like trolls whose origins lie somewhere between Scandinavian folk lore and the mind of a creative genius, but fewer will be fully clued up on the life and work of said creative genius, Tove Jansson.

A fine artist for most of her life, Jansson’s Moomins were her most famous output but in addition to her career as an illustrator she produced a body of work that took a number of artistic directions. Always aware that the popularity of her Moomins illustrations overshadowed her painting, she strived to prove herself as a fine artist throughout her life. Dedicated to that side of her work, the new exhibition Tove Jansson (1914-2001) at the Dulwich Picture Gallery is the Finnish artist’s first UK Retrospective. The show runs until 28 January 2018.

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