Happy birthday Tom! Hyvää syntymäpäivää Tom!

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, c. 1946, Gouache on paper, 10.94” x 8.00”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #46.05, © Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, c. 1946, Gouache on paper, 10.94” x 8.00”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #46.05, © Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom kept this work in his private collection
till the creation of his foundation where it now resides.

Touko Laaksonen inherited Beauty from his parents,
his upbringing steeped in Æ
sthetics.
He matured into an Artist who created
more than one masterwork yet
never had any formal Art training.
Schooled at the piano, self-taught with a pencil.
The consummate Homosexual.

From Tom of Finland – Life and Work of a Gay Hero

Tom of Finland’s real name is Touko –
because he was born 8th May 1920,
on the south coast of Finland,
and May in Finnish is “Toukokuu”.

 

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