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Christ Shown to the People, 1885

  • black chalk, watercolour, paper, canvas, Japanese paper
  • 1550 x 1020 mm
  • Inv. 1988-C

Public Domain

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In the figure of Christ, Ensor found a symbol of innocence, persecuted truth and of subjected goodness to the attacks of a hostile mass. For the artist, the drawing was also an occasion to express his own conflictive relationship with society. From the series "The Aureoles of Christ", to which this drawing belongs, the Christ theme remains very important in Ensor's work and in some works it is clear that he identifies himself with the figure of Christ. The interest in the figure of Christ is in itself not exceptional in this period. Like many of his contemporaries, Ensor was fascinated by the figure of Christ as a revolutionary or as an anarchist.


James Ensor RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949
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Title Christ Shown to the People
Date 1885
Period 19th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year bottom right: Ensor 1885
inscription on the reverse: RUITERS
signature and title on the reverse: J. Ensor. La crue: Jésus montré au peuple
Collection print room
Object type chalk drawings AAT
watercolour AAT
Inventory number 1988-C
Acquisition credit long-term loan
Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
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
31A415 crippled Iconclass
31A4153 crutches Iconclass
41A421 curtains Iconclass
41A4231 canopy, baldachin Iconclass
41D221(FEATHERED HAT) head-gear (FEATHERED HAT) Iconclass
41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat Iconclass
46A7 crowd, mob Iconclass
48B3 portrait, self-portrait of artist Iconclass
61B2(JAMES ENSOR) historical person (JAMES ENSOR) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73C public life of Christ: from his baptism until the Passion Iconclass
73D Passion of Christ Iconclass
73D3522 head of Christ with crown of thorns Iconclass
73D36 Pilate showing Christ to the people, 'Ostentatio Christi', 'Ecce Homo' (John 19:4-6) Iconclass
School / Style Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
historicism (theory) AAT
James Ensor : Tekeningen en prenten / Robert Hoozee, Sabine Bown-Taevernier, Jan Frederik Heijbroek. - Antwerpen : Mercatorfonds, 1987 (p. 89)
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 173-175 (ill. 121), 268)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 7 (ill.))
Het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : een keuze uit de mooiste werken / Patrick De Rynck. - Gent : Ludion, 2007 (p. 82 (ill.))
James Ensor by Luc Tuymans (Exhibition London, Royal Academy of Arts, 29.10.2016 - 29.02.2017) / Luc Tuymans, Adrian Locke, Herwig Todts, Gerrit Vermeiren, Xavier Tricot, Anna Testar, Beatrice Gullström, Alison Hissey, Carola Krueger. - London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2016 (p. 151)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
Museum of Fine Arts Ghent : The Collection (exhibition opened on March 21th 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Ghent : Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, 2021
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