Paul Gustave Fischer (Danish, 1860-1934)
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Paul Gustave Fischer (Danish, 1860-1934)

I Cirkus Varieté: An evening at the Cirkusbygningen, Jernbanegade, Copenhagen

Details
Paul Gustave Fischer (Danish, 1860-1934)
I Cirkus Varieté: An evening at the Cirkusbygningen, Jernbanegade, Copenhagen
signed, inscribed and dated 'Paul Fischer/Circus Varieté 1891' (lower left)
oil on canvas
31 ¾ x 41 ½ in. (80.6 x 105.4 cm.)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 27 November 1984, lot 51.
Literature
Paul Fischer, Bergenholz Kunsthandel, Copenhagen, 1923, p. 10 (illustrated).
J. Clausen and T. Krogh, Danmark i Fest og Glaede, Copenhagen, 1935, vol. V, p. 179 (illustrated).
J. Danstrup and H. Koch, Danmarks Historie, Copenhagen, 1962, vol. XII, p. 432 (illustrated).
S. Linvald, Paul Fischer-københavnernes maler, 1984, p. 17, as: 'Aften i Cirkus Varieté. (Mme Pacra synger Marseillaisen)' (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

The Cirkusbygningen in Copenhagen was completed in 1866 to host circus performances. The building was later destroyed by a fire in 1914 .
The present painting is therefore an important record of the interior from 1891.
On the stage, the famous French actress Madame Pacra is singing the Marseillaise.
In the stalls Niels Fischer, the artist's brother, is depicted in the foreground on the left, smoking a cigar, turning his back to the viewer. The artist then captured two of his friends, Høyrup and Tontoppidan, standing in the centre of the composition. Behind the waiter, Andreassen, stands Dagny Fischer, the artist's wife, elegantly dressed in a fur coat.

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