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JAMES ENSOR | Nature morte au livre de Jean Teugels

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
112,500 GBP
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  • James Ensor
  • Nature morte au livre de Jean Teugels
  • signed Ensor (lower right)
  • oil on panel


Jean Teugels, Veurne (a gift from the artist)
Thence by descent to the present owners


Xavier Tricot, James Ensor, The Complete Paintings, Brussels, 2009, no. 769, illustrated in colour p. 407

Catalogue Note

James Ensor painted this beautiful work in 1938 and gifted it to his friend, Jean Teugels. Teugels is himself depicted in the work, in caricatured form, towards the right edge of the composition. A nod to his role as the magistrate of the town of Furnes, he is dressed in archetypal judge's attire. A nymph dances enthusiastically at the tip of his nose. In addition to his magisterial duties, Teugels was a poet and art critic who had published a book on Ensor in 1931. Indeed, it was partly in response to the publication of this book that the artist painted the present work and gave it to Teugels. The book itself features centrally in the painting with its distinctive, striped red border, propped up amidst a table of flowers, vases and shells, quintessential elements of Ensor’s celebrated still lifes. The present work is accompanied by a photograph of the artist and Jean Teugels (fig. 1) and a copy of Teugel’s book: Variations sur James Ensor, Ostende, 1931 (fig. 2).