- Category : Artist - Painter
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Four Ways 2
Albert Gustaf Aristides Edelfelt (21 July 1854 – 18 August 1905) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish painter.
Albert Edelfelt was born in Porvoo, Finland. His father Carl Albert was an architect. Edelfelt admired the poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg, who was a friend of the family. The company of Runeberg had a lasting impact on Edelfelt, who from time to time turned to scenes from Finnish history in his paintings. Edelfelt went on to illustrate Runeberg's epic poem The Tales of Ensign Stål. He studied art in Antwerp (1873–1874), Paris (1874–1878) and Saint Petersburg (1881–1882).
He married Baroness (friherinnan) Ellan de la Chapelle in 1888 and they had one child.
Edelfelt was one of the first Finnish artists to achieve international fame. He enjoyed considerable success in Paris and was one of the founders of the Realist art movement in Finland. He influenced several younger Finnish painters and helped fellow Finnish artists such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela to make their breakthrough in Paris. Among his students was Leon Bakst.
150th Anniversary Celebrations
Albert Edelfelt was selected as the main motif in a recent Finnish commemorative coin celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth, the €100 Albert Edelfelt and painting commemorative coin, minted in 2004. The reverse shows an embossed face of the artist.
Queen Blanka (1877)
Duke Karl Insulting the Corpse of Klaus Fleming (1878)
A Child's Funeral (1879)
Under the Birches (1881)
At the sea (1883)
Boys on the Shore (1884)
Portrait of Louis Pasteur (1885)
Women of Ruokolahti on the Church Hill (1887)
The Luxembourg Garden (1887)
Christ and Mataleena (1890)
Porilaisten marssi (1890)
Portrait of Nicholas II of Russia (1896)
Portrait of Aino Ackté (1901)
Inauguration of the Academy of Turku (1904)