Christian Krohg was an important figure in the transition from Romanticism to Naturalism in Norway. He was educated in Germany and worked in Paris between 1881 and 1882. In 1888 he married the Norwegian painter Oda Krohg. Krohg created a wide range of realistic genre pictures and psychologically penetrating portraits; with great warmth he portrayed sailors struggling against the elements as well as poor people in the cities. Some of his works also contained criticisms of the society. His interest for describing the "objective reality" led him to write a well known novel: "Albertine" in 1886, a story about the daily life of a prostitute, that in those times was considered an scandal.