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ALBERT EDELFELT (1854-1905)

Albert Edelfelt was born in Porvoo on 21 July 1854. His architect father gave him training as a draftsman. From 1869, he studied art in Helsinki, Antwerp and Italy before settling in Paris. During the 1880s he was acclaimed for portraits and Naturalistic studies, but journeys to the French and Italian Rivieras and to the Finnish lake district saw him shift from Naturalism to Impressionism. He was chairman of the Artists' Society of Finland from 1895 to 1904 and the Finnish Art Society from 1903 up to his death in 1905.

Detail from 'Children playing on the shore'
  1. Duke Karl abusing the corpse of Klaus Fleming
  2. Children playing on the shore
  3. From the Luxembourg Garden