Finnish painters

Björn Landström

(Beauty and the Beast)

Finnish-Swedish painter and illustrator.
Got wounded during the war. While recovering, he started to paint pictures inspired by the Swedish troll painters John Bauer and Gustaf Tenggren.

Tove Jansson (1914-2001)

Here are two beautiful examples of this wonderful Finnish-Swedish artist's simple black and white drawings of the Moomin creature, a creature originally invented by her uncle to scare her from going in to the dark basement:


And finally a lovely gouache demonstrating her great colour understanding:

Copyright Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson cooperated with her brother Lars Jansson on the comic book series based on her books. Here is a lovely watercolour of the Moomin troll by him:

Hugo Simberg (1873-1917)

This very original Finnish symbolist painter drew, strictly speaking, devils ("pirut"), but they are both physically and functionally quite similar to the trolls of Arosenius and other contemporaries and thus deserve mentioning. Here is one painting of a ring dance:

Ring Dance by Hugo Simberg

And here is a drinking giant in John Bauer's style:

Drinking Giant by Hugo Simberg

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