This monumental and highly detailed scene was composed by Paul Gustav Fischer, a leading Danish painter of the Belle Époque era. Inspired by his many travels to Paris between the 1870s and 1890s, Fischer began incorporating elements he saw in the works of the French Impressionists into his own paintings – not just in technique, but in the subject as well. His compositions soon reflected the complexities of modern life in the city, with brilliant depictions of bustling streets, public squares, and society at large. The present work, entitled An Evening at the Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, exemplifies the elegant, cultural subjects of his very finest works.
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