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Christ Shown to the People and Christ's Entry into Jerusalem, ca. 1887

  • Conté crayon, paper
  • 173 x 221 mm
  • Inv. 1985-M

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In this study, one of the most informal in his oeuvre, Ensor combined the representation of two drawings from the series "The Aureoles of Christ": on the left "Christ Shown to the people", on the right "Christ's entry into Jerusalem" (respectively Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, inv. 1988-C and 1963-E). Despite the sketchy character of the drawing, most elements of the two large compositions can be recognised in it, for example, the architecture, the figures in the crowd and the head of the French politician and philosopher Emile Littré. The double sketch also shares the proportional distribution with the large drawings. From this one can deduce that the small study probably originated after the large drawings and not as a preliminary study. Ensor retained the general idea of the series "The Aureoles of Christ" - the nuclei of light in the midst of a lavish architecture and crowd - in a highly dynamic set of lines, curls and accents scattered loosely across the sheet. The two original scenes were integrated into a broadly conceived mass scene, thus forming a transition from the first, elaborate "Christ's Entry into Jerusalem", to the later painting, "Christ's Entry into Brussels", created in 1888 (Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Museum).


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Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949
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Title Christ Shown to the People and Christ's Entry into Jerusalem
Date ca. 1887
Period 19th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: Ensor
Collection print room
Object type pencil drawings AAT
Inventory number 1985-M
Acquisition credit purchase
Albrecht, H.
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D3 Christ as adult Iconclass
11D334 adult Christ together with apostles, evangelists, saints, etc. Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C2 artificial light Iconclass
22C3114 rays as nimbus Iconclass
25I city-view, and landscape with man-made constructions Iconclass
25I12 prospect of city, town panorama, silhouette of city Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A421 curtains Iconclass
41A4231 canopy, baldachin Iconclass
41D221(FEATHERED HAT) head-gear (FEATHERED HAT) Iconclass
41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat Iconclass
44C3 politics Iconclass
44C312 political caricatures and satires Iconclass
46A7 crowd, mob Iconclass
46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass
48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture Iconclass
48CC75614 brass band, street band - CC - out of doors Iconclass
59B Social Position Iconclass
59C Justice and Injustice Iconclass
61E(BRUSSELS) names of cities and villages (BRUSSELS) Iconclass
61E(JERUSALEM) names of cities and villages (JERUSALEM) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C public life of Christ: from his baptism until the Passion Iconclass
73D Passion of Christ Iconclass
73D14 entry into Jerusalem: people spreading their clothes before Christ on the ass, and waving palm branches (Matthew 21:1-11, 21:14-16; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19) Iconclass
73D36 Pilate showing Christ to the people, 'Ostentatio Christi', 'Ecce Homo' (John 19:4-6) Iconclass
School / Style Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
James Ensor : Tekeningen en prenten / Robert Hoozee, Sabine Bown-Taevernier, Jan Frederik Heijbroek. - Antwerpen : Mercatorfonds, 1987 (p. 119, nr. 73)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Tekeningen, pastels en aquarellen; Inventaris / Moniek Nagels. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 1988 (p. 18)
Fin de Siècle : deel 1. Belgische tekeningen, pastels en prenten van 1885 tot 1905 ; deel 2. Combaz, Jo, Livemont : De verzameling L. Wittamer-De Camps (tentoonstelling Brussel, ASLK-Galerij, 15 maart - 2 juni 1991) / Marc Lambrechts, Anne Adriaens-Pannier, Pierre Baudson. - Brussel : ASLK, 1991 (p. 135, cat. 79 (ill.))
James Ensor ou la fantasmagorie / Michel Draguet. - Paris : Éditions Gallimard, 1999 (nr. 133)
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 268 (ill. 120))
Het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : een keuze uit de mooiste werken / Patrick De Rynck. - Gent : Ludion, 2007 (p. 83 (ill.))
James (art) Ensor (exposition New York, Museum of Modern Art, 28 juin - 21 septembre 2009 ; Paris, Musée d'Orsay, 20 octobre 2009 - 4 février 2010) / Laurence Madeline, Anna Swinbourne, Susan Maria Canning, Michel Draguet, Robert Hoozee, Xavier Tricot. - New York City : MoMA, 2009 ; Paris : Éditions de la Réunion des musées nationaux, 2009
James Ensor, Occasional Modernist : Ensor's artistic and social ideas and the interpretation of his art / Herwig Todts. - Turnhout : Brepols, 2018 (p. 378)
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