Lot 19
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James Ensor

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  • James Ensor
  • Le pisseur (D., T., E. 12)
  • etching on paper
  • plate: 150 by 108mm 6 by 4 1/4 in
  • sheet: 295 by 240mm 11 5/8 by 9 3/8 in
Etching, 1887, signed and dated in pencil, titled, countersigned in pencil verso, on simili japon, framed


Ex coll. G. Behaegel, Pittem (not in Lugt)

Catalogue Note

Ensor’s references to the Old Masters are well documented, and in Le pisseur, Ensor pays homage to the eponymous drawing by Jacques Callot, now in the Uffizi, Florence. While Callot shows his pisser as a lowly jester, Ensor depicts a respectable gentleman in a top hat urinating on a wall scrawled with the phrase ‘ENSOR EST UN FOU’ (Ensor is a madman). This scene has been interpreted as a clever, and rather literal response, to many critics Ensor encountered between 1885-95.