Arts Everyday Living: Inside the Royal Ballet—The Degas Connection?

INSIDE THE ROYAL BALLET

THE DEGAS CONNECTION?

 

The Royal Theatre Ballet School, Copenhagen. Painting shows violinist

The Royal Theatre Ballet School, Copenhagen. Painting shows violinist Busch, the ballerina Charlotte Weihe (standing centre foreground) and the ballet master Emil Hansen, seated on the right.
*oil on canvas
*53 x 102.9 cm
*signed b.l.: Paul Fischer / 1889.

I believe that we learn by practice.  Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dance or to to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.

Martha Graham, I Am a Dancer

Danish artist Paul-Gustave Fischer (1860-1934) may not have the universal fame today of Impressionist Edgar Degas (who is identified artistically with the ballet theme), but his paintings attracted regular buyers in Copenhagen and other parts of his country during his lifetime.  American Martha Graham (1884-1991) was a icon of modern dance during the twentieth century, both performing as well as choreographing a large body of work including Appalachian Spring and Letter to the World (dedicated to Emily Dickinson).

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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