Lot 180
  • 180

James Ensor

Estimate
70,000 - 90,000 GBP
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Description

  • James Ensor
  • Les Gillettes
  • signed Ensor and dated 1928 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 61 by 75.5cm., 24 by 29¾in.

Provenance

Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels
Max Gevers, Antwerp
Baron de Schaetzen, Brussels
The Swetzoff Gallery, Boston (acquired by 1959)
Maurice Keitelman Gallery, Brussels
Willy A. d'Huysser Gallery, Brussels
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1986

Exhibited

Brussels, Palais des Beaux Arts, Rétrospective James Ensor, 1929, no. 38
Brussels, Galerie Georges Giroux, Exposition Hommage à James Ensor, 1945, no. 129
New York, Feigl Gallery, 10 Oil paintings exhibited for the first time in the United States: James Ensor, 1953, no. 9
Boston, Swetzoff Gallery, James Ensor, Drawings, Paintings, 1959, no. 7
Ferrara, Palazzo Massari, Gallerie Civiche d'Arte Moderna, James Ensor, 1986, no. 15

Literature

Xavier Tricot, James Ensor, Catalogue raisonné of the Paintings, Antwerp, 1992, vol. II, no. 395, illustrated p. 534  

Condition

The canvas is not lined. There is a thin layer of varnish with some spots of discolouration. UV examination reveals a 2mm spot of retouching to the right of the second leftmost figure on state, a fine line to the right of her proper left arm, a 5mm spot of retouching to the cheek of the leftmost dancer. There is some light frame rubbing to the edges. The corners of the canvas on the right have been stretched resulting in small tears, not visible when framed and away from the image. Otherwise, this work is in overall good condition.
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