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King Gustaf V
1858-1950

King Gustaf V is depicted here as a general in the Svea Life Guards uniform. He assumes a dignified yet easy pose, and he is the king who has reigned longest in Sweden: 43 years.

The artist Emil Österman was one of Sweden's leading portrait painters during the early 20th century.

As crown prince, Gustaf V took an interest in the young Emil Österman and offered him 300 kronor a year if he was accepted by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Österman was accepted in 1890, and the king kept his promise.


FACTS
Portrait: King Gustaf V
Artist: Emil Österman 1870-1927
Year: Oil on canvas, 1913

The portrait can be seen in the Bernadotte Gallery at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.