royal danish ballet school

The Royal Theatre Ballet School, Copenhagen (1889). Paul Fischer (Danish, 1860-1934). Oil on canvas.

Fischer’s approach is more sympathetic and less detached than that of Degas, stressing the pleasures and relaxed atmosphere of a grown up dance company, rather than the rigours placed upon Degas’ child dancers. Many of the figures are identifiable: the violinist Busch, the ballerina Charlotte Weihe (standing foreground) and the ballet master Emil Hansen, seated on the right.