Prince Eugen was a Swedish artist and the youngest son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophie. Despite his royal parentage, he was said to have become an artist more in spite of than because of his background. He studied art history for a while, but was caught up in radical art currents and traveled to Paris where he became a student of Léon Bonnat, Alfred Roll and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes for a short period.
As an artist, Prins Eugen was a landscape painter and he often took his motifs from the cultural landscape around Stockholm and Mälaren, as well as from Scania. In the 1890s, he became an important advocate of mood painting in Sweden, a style that was also practiced by his Norwegian painter friends Eilif Peterssen, Frits Thaulow and Erik Werenskiold.
Prince Eugen was also an avid collector of art and built his own museum in Stockholm, Prins Eugen's Waldemarsudde, which now houses a large collection of his own paintings and works by other artists. His artwork is characterized by a bright and evocative style, with a use of color that is often muted and low-key. Prince Eugen's work has had a great influence on Swedish art and he is considered one of the most significant artists in the country's history.
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