Lot 9
  • 9


30,000 - 40,000 EUR
37,500 EUR
bidding is closed


  • James Ensor
  • Le Nuage
  • signed ENSOR (lower left), titled Le nuage (upper left) and inscribed 6.9.22 (upper centre)
  • charcoal on paper


Théo Hannon, Brussels (his sale: Salle Aeolian, Brussels, December 26, 1916, lot 81)
Y. Breckpot, Antwerp (aquired at the above sale)
J. Beuckeleers, Antwerp
Galerie Atelier (Franz Aerts), Ostende
Sale: S.A. Servats N.V., Brussels, May 18, 1993, lot 127
Willy D'Huysser (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1988


Antwerp, Kunst van Heden, 1921
Venice, XV. Esposizione Biennale Internationale d'Arte, 1926, no. 97
Antwerp, Koninkljik Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Retrospectieve James Ensor, 1951, no. 1, listed in the catalogue p. 37
Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich & Antwerp, Koninkljik Museum woor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, James Ensor, 1983
Kobe, Museum of Modern Art, James Ensor, 1983-84

Catalogue Note

The charcoal drawing Le Nuage dates from the same period as the Les Quatre Tempéraments drawing and alludes to a situation experienced by James Ensor. He is depicted sitting on the left, in a train carriage, with two other masculine characters facing him, very probably Théo Hannon and Willy Finch, represented in Les Quatre Tempéraments. Further to his studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels from 1877 to 1880, Ensor travelled regularly from Ostend to Brussels where he liked to frequent cabarets and theatres with his artist or writer friends. The figures observe the landscape through the carriage windows. Or rather the sky in which a cloud forms an intriguing shape. The carriage number 69 adds a spark of humour to the situation. This type of comic and “allegorical” scene can be found again in Les Cuisiniers dangereux from 1896. This drawing belonged to Théo Hannon, as did Les Quatre Temperaments.

Xavier Tricot