Hanover, Lower Saxony (Germany), September 9, 1867 – Berlin, March 1st 1929
Den Ball (The Ball), circa 1900
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left "E. Oppler"
H. 35.6 cm. / L. 45.6 cm.
The work, cleaned and varnished, is presented in a modern frame, scraped and patinated wood, from the house R.G., Les Cadres Gault, Paris and Geneva
Oppler is considered as one of the painters of the world of dance. The work of contrasts of very marked values is the most perfect example of this. The artist succeeds in transcribing the whirlwind effect caused by the pair of dancers in the foreground.
Ernst Oppler studied painting in Munich (Bavaria) where he lives, as well as in London and Sluis (the Netherlands). He also stays in Paris.
He is a member of the International Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers of London and of the Secession of Berlin, until 1912.
He is nicknamed der Tanzmaler (the painter of dance).
Bruns, Jochen, "Ernst Oppler 1867-1929. Leben und Werk mit einem Werkkatalog seiner Ölgemälde und Druckgraphiken" (Ernst Oppler, 1867-1929. Life and Work, with Catalog raisonné of his oil paintings and engravings), 3 vol., Münster, Editions Lit, 1993.
An exhibition devoted to the artist - Der Tanzmaler - is currently underway in Cologne (Germany), at the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln: "Berliner Secession & Russisches Ballett: Ernst Oppler" (March 11, 2017 - January 28, 2018). http://www.der-tanzmaler.de
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