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This is Edmond van Saanen Algi

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By Gwylym Owen

Edmond van Saanen Algi (c. 1 November 1882 – 2 May 1938) was a Romanian architect, painter, and stage designer.

Van Saanen Algi was the son of Robert van Saanen, a founding enthusiast of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and Louise Bruzzesi. Though the broadcast Van Saanen is of Dutch origin, his relatives had left Hoorn as beforehand as 1710. His grandfather, Pierre Edmond van Saanen (born 1813, in Smyrna), had arrived in Wallachia during Gheorghe Bibescu’s reign (between 1843–1848) and had started a dynasty swift in event and the arts. His mother’s relations had been alert in the unification of Italy before touching to Bucharest.

Edmond’s parents divorced and his mother remarried Alexandru Algi (from whom Edmond obtained a longer surname), and not much vanguard Constantin C. Arion, a former foreign affairs minister and a distinguished intellectual. After achievement his studies at the Munich Polytechnicum Edmond went to study for 10 years at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

Van Saanen Algi married Aurelia Vasiliu-Bolnavu, the daughter of Romanian philanthropist Constantin N. Vasiliu Bolnavu. Later (before 1914), he was married to the New York-born author Marice Rutledge, who from 1915 to 1918 wrote under the name “Marie Louise van Saanen”.

He was the author of major architectural works in Bucharest: the Academy of Economic Studies building, the Istrate Micescu villa overlooking Cişmigiu Gardens, and Palatul Telefoanelor (with American architects Louis S. Weeks and Walter Froy).

As an artist, he is known for his drawings of well-known dancers, such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Isadora Duncan and Anna Pavlova.

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