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wonderful pictures!  thanks for posting... i wonder if anyone could post the link the the archives?

I have no idea if there is a catalogue of his works.  I just found the portrait of Princess Marie in an auction website.  I would love to see his portraits of the Romanovs!

From wikipedia:

Albert Gustaf Aristides Edelfelt (21 July 1854 – 18 August 1905) was a 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).

His style & works (
He was inspired by his contemporaries but was also strongly influenced by past masters such as Velazquez and Goya. Edelfelt travelled back to Finland in 1875 with a strong resolve to return to Paris as soon as possible.

The initial purpose of Edelfelt’s studies abroad was to become a history painter. Indeed, his first work to gain public recognition in Paris was Queen Bianca, a portrait depicting mediaeval times.

However, in France Edelfelt soon realised that plein air painting, illustrating contemporary reality rather than historical scenes, was what dominated the capital’s art world.

In the late 19th century, Paris epitomised all the attractions contemporary life had to offer. Besides art, Paris was also the capital city of consumption, technology, pleasure, and sensuality. While living there, Edelfelt painted numerous portraits of beautiful Parisian women, a few of whom were also objects of his affection.

About half of Edelfelt’s works are portraits. Besides painting often unnamed female models, he also did several commissioned portraits. The most famous of these is the Portrait of Louis Pasteur. Edelfelt was fascinated by the scientific accomplishments of Pasteur and he spent several months studying his work and laboratory settings.

When the painting was finally finished, its popularity elevated Edelfelt to a celebrated position as one of the most proficient portraitists in Europe. Some years before this van Gogh had expressed his admiration of Edelfelt’s talent to show humane feelings in his works

The painter had close and confidential ties to the Russian court for years and was even granted sittings with Tsar Nicholas II in the Winter Palace. He was also commissioned to paint a number of portraits of the children of the Imperial Family.

I havn't found any portraits of Marie in color yet, but here is a portrait of the Princess.

Marie by Albert Edelfelt

French Royals / Re: Emperor Napoleon III and his family
« on: December 22, 2008, 12:36:24 PM »
Sophie was a maid of honor for Marie Alexandrovna and although she came from a Russian noble family, her family was not particularly rich.  It is said that Alexander II personally arranged her marriage with Duc de Morny.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: December 16, 2008, 06:25:50 PM »
Helen of Albany

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: December 15, 2008, 06:03:52 PM »
Alexandra with George and Eddy (a bit of a mess this one)

Marie Alexandra and Berthold of Baden

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: December 07, 2008, 05:09:24 PM »
Ally, that coloring is amazing!

Marie Jose of Belgium

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:07:32 PM »
Ileana of Romania

Yes I saw your information there!  Seems like I may have to take a gamble with the book!  The good thing is the book is not too expensive...

Francoise Perraud also has a few other royal album books such as Les Hapsburgs & Les Petits Princes.

Just by chance, I stumbled upon a French photo album of the Romanovs by Françoise Perraud.  I am wondering if anyone has seen this book and recommends it?  I have got The Cameras of the Tsar and seen some older photo album books on the Romanovs and so I am wondering if there are rare photos in this new book?

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: December 04, 2008, 11:39:18 AM »
Indeed its such a lovely picture!  Here is my version:

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: December 01, 2008, 10:41:14 AM »
Charlotte of Luxembourg

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: November 29, 2008, 12:21:14 PM »
Luitpold & Albrecht of Bavaria

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured pictures XXVII.
« on: November 29, 2008, 12:20:11 PM »
thank you Grace(can I call you like this?) :) I love your new ones!
Do you have the one of Altburg of Oldenburg in b&w?

Sure :)

here is the b&w u want

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