Aland, little known Tove Jansson painting.


Little Known Tove Jansson Painting on Stamp
Källskär, a tiny island on the outskirts of the Åland archipelago, is today one of the best known tourist attractions of Kökar. 

In the large house on the island, above the mantelpiece, hangs a relatively unknown painting by the ‘Moomin-mamma’ Tove Jansson. The painting will now be featured on a stamp to be issued 18 April 2007.

In the summer of 1958, the Swede Göran Åkerhielm went ashore on Källskär. With the help of the locals, he there created quite a different world with several special buildings and a peculiar garden. 

Tove Jansson became acquainted with Göran Åkerhielm when he asked her to do a painting to hang above his mantelpiece on Källskär. “Paint something with wild cliffs, and why not a hysterical fillyjonk, a sea monster or, for that matter, whatever you please”, Åkerhielm wrote in his initial letter to Tove Jansson.

Tove Jansson described their friendship in a letter to the Ålander Kjell Andersén, who has been the supervisor on Källskär for many years. 

The opening lines of her letter can be found on the first day cover. On the stamp sheet, the closing lines can be enjoyed.

In 1984, Göran Åkerhielm donated his part of Källskär to the
province of Åland. During the summer months, guided tours to Källskär are arranged daily.

Date of issue: 18 April 2007
Artist: Tove Jansson
Photographer: Kjell Söderlund
Issue: 300 000
Denomination: €0.85
Price FDC: €1.35
Size of stamp: 31.75 x 36.51 mm
Size of sheet: 2 x 16 stamps
Perforation: 13 per 2 cm
Paper: 110 g/m²
Printing method: 4 + 1-colour offset
Printing house: Cartor Security Printing

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