Tuula Karjalainen (b. 1942) is the author of the definitive biography of Tove Jansson, the Finland-Swedish artist, author and creator of the Moomins. Karjalainen holds a doctorate in art history and uses her comprehensive knowledge to analyse Janssonâ€™s artistic output against the background of 20th-century Finnish art. She also sheds light on the connections between the Moomins books and Tove Jansson herself. The result is an informative, lively portrait of the life and work of a much-loved artist that was awarded the Lauri JĂ¤ntti Prize.
Dr Karjalainen has written several non-fiction books on art. She is a former director of the Helsinki Art Museum and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the origins of abstract painting in Finland. Dr Karjalainen has held a professorship in art history at the University of Helsinki and has curated numerous exhibitions, including the gala centenary exhibition of Tove Janssonâ€™s works at the Ateneum Museum in Helsinki.
Tove Jansson â€“ Die Biografie, Urachhaus 2014, Ăśbersetzung: Anke Michler & Regine Pirschel
Photo: Â© Jeppe Tuomainen