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A Swedish Prince and renowned landscape painter

Published fredag 20 februari 2015 kl 10.30
"He was a man of great courage"
(5:42 min)
Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden
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Prince Eugen at work.Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden taken at Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde museum.
One of the many photos of Prince Eugen, celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth. Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden, taken at the Waldemarsudde exhibition
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One of the many photos of Prince Eugen, celebrating the 150th anniversary of his birth. Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden, taken at the Waldemarsudde exhibition
One of his most famous paintings. Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden
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One of his most famous paintings. Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden
Karin Siden, Managing Director of the museum, in front of one of Prince Eugen's civil works.Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden
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Karin Siden, Managing Director of the museum, in front of one of Prince Eugen's civil works.Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden
Home from home, the drawing room in Prince Eugen's Waldermarsudde.Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden
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Home from home, the drawing room in Prince Eugen's Waldermarsudde.Photo:Dave Russell/Radio Sweden

He was one of his generation's foremost landscape painters. He was an avid art collector and vocal critic of the Nazi regime. He was also fourth in line to the Swedish throne.

Prince Eugen was born 150 years ago, and to celebrate the anniversary, his home of Waldemarsudde, now one of the most visited art museum's in the country, has opened its doors with a special exhibition, showcasing his 3,000 paintings and vast art collection.

Situated by Lake Mälaren, with picturesque views of central Stockhom, the Prince Eugene Waldemarsudde Art Museum is a home fit for a Prince. Between the years 1905 and 1947, it was the home and official residence of Prince Eugene Napoleon Nicolaus of Sweden and Norway, Duke of Närke, the fourth and youngest son of King Oscar II. But who was this man who, despite his royal status, became one of Sweden's most notable landscape painters of his era?

Karin Sidén, director general of the museum, tells Radio Sweden about a man of many talents.

"He was a very interesting person with many different skills and of course, one of the most important things that he achieved was that he was a great artist, and one of the best landscape painters in Sweden at the turn of the century, around the year 1900, and we have a collection of over 3,000 of his paintings."

"He was also an important arts politician, a great art collector, also a designer, and he was very skillful at gardending."

Karin Sidén says that his royal background opened many doors for Prince Eugen but also meant his early work was met with some sceptism by other artists of the time, who later became friends. She tells Radio Sweden:"They thought at the time, here's another one of the royal amateurs."

Prince Eugen also stepped into the political arena, condemning the Nazi regime in the early 30's.

"He was a person that struggled against the Nazi regime during the Second World War and that shows that he was a man of great courage."

He lived to see the defeat of the Nazis and passed away in 1947 at the ripe old age then of 83. Upon hsi death, one of his finest achievements was his donation to the Swedish state of his home, with his arts collection of about 7,000 items, still today the largest private arts donation in Sweden.

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