Created by famous Finnish artist and author, Tove Jansson from the 1940’s – 1970s, the drawings are expected to sell for between £2,000 - £3,000 in total.
They are currently owned by Dominic Green, son of famous portrait artist Kenneth Green, who was close friends with Jansson. Kenneth Green painted Tove Jansson’s portrait which is now in the Helsinki museum. Dominic Green said: “I remember Tove Jansson very well. She often used to visit our family at Christmas and was a huge character as well as being hugely talented. We used to travel to Finland to see her and as a child I was always fascinated by watching her draw. She was a close friend of my father’s through their connections in the art world and she drew me these five pictures to keep when I was a child. Her nickname for me was ‘Snooge’ hence why this is written on the drawings, amongst the original Moomin characters.”
Sarah Flynn, Head of Paintings at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers said: “Tove Jansson was the creator of the Moomin characters and books, a phenomenon which continues to stretch across generations. She was born into an artistic family in Helsinki in 1914 where she lived an open-minded, bohemian lifestyle. The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945) was the first volume in the series that was to become the most prominent and best-known part of Jansson’s career as an artist. Her draughtsmanship is exquisite – as can be seen by the stellar reviews following her exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. This is a rare opportunity for Moomin fans to buy one of her original drawings - gifted to the young son of the artist Kenneth Green who painted Janssons’ portrait for the Helsinki Museum, where it now hangs today.”
The pictures will be sold on at the Art & Design Sale at Cheffins, 1-2 Clifton House, Cambridge CB1 7EA on 11th October 2018.
For more information, contact Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers on 01223 213343
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