- Paul Fischer
- Hvad er der på færde? (What's going on in Copenhagen?)
- signed Paul Fischer. and dated 1899 (lower left)
- oil on canvas
Sale: Bruun Rasmussen, Copenhagen, April 23, 1987, lot 189, illustrated
Private Collection (acquired at the above sale, and sold, Christie's, London, June 15, 2005, lot 172, illustrated)
Acquired at the above sale
Helge Carlsen, Billedmageren Paul Fischer, Copenhagen, 1991, no. 51, illustrated p. 79
Hvad er der på færde? (What’s going on in Copenhagen?) depicts the city’s cobble stone town square, the Radhuspladsen, an area close to the Vesterbro-Gade, one of the most animated areas of the city. The title offers no clues as to why a crowd has gathered around a stagecoach at left and drawing glances from passersby. However, the clouds parting after the rain, and the spring-like warm clothes allude to the April, 1889 christening of Prince Frederick IX, which drew dignitaries and royalty to Copenhagen from all over Europe.
Fischer often used his family and friends as models and in the present work the artist's wife and his son Sigurd are recognizable in the foreground. Also recognizable in the background is the Frihedsstøtten, the obelisk shaped monument erected by the peasantry in 1778 in memory to the abolition of serfdom.