Foosaner Art Museum Presents German Impressionist Ernst Oppler, Starting Sept. 15

MELBOURNE, FLA—The Foosaner Art Museum presents a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Ernst Oppler (German, 1867 – 1929). The exhibit runs Sept. 15 through Jan. 6, 2013.

Oppler studied and worked in Munich, London, Holland and France but eventually settled in Berlin. He became an active member of the Berlin Secession, a group of artists who championed the new, Impressionist style.

He became a renowned portraitist and is one of the most important artistic chroniclers of the Imperial Russian Ballet’s German performances. He also chronicled daily life through his drawings, etchings, painted cityscapes and genre scenes.

Oppler’s art is housed in many international museums and makes up a large part of the German Dance Archives in Cologne. The largest repository of his work, however, is in the permanent collection of the Foosaner Art Museum.

The Foosaner Art Museum is located at 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. Its hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. General admission is $5; $2, seniors, children and students with I.D.; free for museum members, Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with I.D. Thursdays are free for everyone.

Special rates and tours are available for groups of eight or more. For more information, call (321) 242-0737 or visit

Art: Ernst Oppler (German, 1867 – 1929), Pavlova, The Dying Swan, c.1912. Drypoint etching, 11.75 x 9.5 inches. Collection of Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology. Gift of Susan Oppler Wood, 86.3.316.

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