Career as a visual artist
As a visual artist Jansson was a multi-talent being able to use many different techniques and to follow different style trends. She created a variety of paintings, public works as well as graphics. Her starting point was always to present something real and concrete like landscapes, portraits and combinations.
In the beginning of 1940 Tove worked for the satirical magazine Garm as the head designer. During her career she drew about a hundred cover photos and hundreds of other drawings for Garm. In the magazine both bohemian artistic life and the everyday life during the war were presented by Jansson, however what she enjoyed most was drawing political cartoons.
Public works and other decorative paintings was an important part of Tove Jansson's art. Fresco at the Helsinki City Hall, murals at Aurora Children's Hospital in Helsinki and numerous murals in schools and kindergartens as well as the altarpiece at Teuva church are part of her most significant pieces of public art.
During her career Tove Jansson hosted several solo exhibitions and when comparing these exhibitions the development in her artistic style is evidently visible. Detailed combinations are slightly turned simplistic and even sort of abstract. The importance of travelling and the influence it had on Tove Jansson's artistic production can not be overemphasised. But even if she'd followed the international trends she wouldn't have wanted to copy them, since she always wanted to respect the tradition and the basic artistic values.