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Ernst Oppler (born 19 September 1867 in Hanover, died 1 March 1929 in Berlin). Painter and engraver. With his brother Alexander he trained at the Munich Academy and later established studios in Berlin where they became members of the well-known Berlin Secession, with other noted German artists of the day. An impressionist painter of portraits, interiors, landscapes and movement in the early 19th century, OPPLER became fascinated with the Imperial Russian Ballet after its brilliant emergence in Western Europe. He followed and caught their every movement by sketching them night after night in the a darkened theatre with a broad lighted pencil - one of the first of its kind - transferring these impressions at home in his studio to copper plates and into pastels and oils. Oppler's works are in the collections of many museums including the National Gallery in Berlin, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich, and the Modern Gallery in Venice.

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Oppler, Ernst: Swedish Ballet, Leo Baeck Institute, 2007.3.