Boys Playing on the Shore (1884) by Albert EdelfeltAteneum Art Museum
'Albert Edelfelt went to study abroad, first to Antwerp and then in 1874 to Paris, with the express intent of becoming a painter of historical scenes. Towards the end of the 1870s, however, his ideals changed: he became a friend of Jules Bastien-Lepage and an advocate of plein-air realism.'
Queen Bianca (1877) by Albert EdelfeltAteneum Art Museum
'The beloved Queen Bianca stemmed from Albert Edelfelt's longstanding dream of illustrating Finnish history.'
Conveying a Child's Coffin (1879) by Albert EdelfeltAteneum Art Museum
'He decided that his next work for the Paris Salon had to be painted completely from nature. He created this painting at Haikko near Porvoo.'
Women outside the Church at Ruokolahti (1887) by Albert EdelfeltAteneum Art Museum
'The place where Albert Edelfelt created most of his paintings of ordinary Finnish people was his summer studio in Haikko. For him, the local people of Uusimaa were quite sufficient to represent the whole of the nation.'
The Luxembourg Gardens, Paris (1887) by Albert EdelfeltAteneum Art Museum
'Yet surprisingly, this is the only large-scale work depicting Paris that he ever made. It is also unusual among his larger paintings in that he adopted many of the hallmarks of Impressionism in it, such as using complementary colours to create contrast.'
Christ and Mary Magdalene, a Finnish Legend (1890) by Albert EdelfeltAteneum Art Museum
'Edelfelt's unconventional Christ and Mary Magdalene, a Finnish Legend, set on the forested shoreline of a Finnish lake, shows Jesus dressed in peasant shoes plaited from strips of birch-bark, confronted by a pleading Magdalene in ethnic dress.'
Kaukola Ridge at Sunset (1889/1890) by Albert EdelfeltAteneum Art Museum
'The winding trail of sunlight, wind and water across the surface of the lake could also be interpreted as a result of Edelfelt's admiration for Japanese ornamentation. He worked particularly on capturing that lingering yet brief golden moment before the sun disappears below the horizon.'