Lot 28
  • 28

James Ensor

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
47,500 GBP
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  • James Ensor
  • La Belgique au XIXe siècle (D. 90; T., E. 81)
  • etching on wove
  • plate: 177 by 240mm 7 by 9 3/8 in
  • sheet: 199 by 285mm 7 7/8 by 11 1/4 in
Etching, 1889, printing with warm plate tone, the second (final) state of this extremely rare print, signed in pencil, countersigned in pencil verso, titled 'Le Roi Dindon' and inscribed 'Epreuve no. 5' verso, on simili japon, framed


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

Catalogue Note

In 1889, Ensor created his most potent and provocative satirical subjects, including the present lot, Belgium in the XIXth Century and Alimentation Doctrinaire (see lot 53). These resoundingly political prints have become particularly rare due to Ensor having withdrawn them from circulation in 1929, shortly after being made a Baron. In this print the artist illustrates the unrest and dissatisfaction of the Belgian people relating to the policies of their King, Leopold II. With a prominent banner referencing the demands of the Socialists for national service, compulsory schooling and universal suffrage, Ensor depicts a fretful crowd of city-dwellers being charged by the gendarmes beneath the all-encompassing gaze of the King.