The books begin in his youth and reflect his early exposure to academic drawing at the Drawing School of the Finnish Art Society. He also studied with Adolf von Becker and later with Jean-Léon Gérôme at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris (1874-1878).
Here's one of his finished paintings of children, for which he is justly revered not only in Finland, but around the world.
There are babies newly born and relatives on their death bed, both common subjects of 19th century artists.
Edelfelt had a special gift for painting children. His sketchbooks reflect unselfconscious moments of children's lives, such as musical evenings, and kids at play.
|Albert Edelfelt, Boys Playing on the Shore, courtesy Google Art Project|
Don't miss his copies of Sargent in #19, dissections in #22, studies at the Prado in #27, and testing out a watercolor set in #100 (above).