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Hippogriff, Evil Spirits, Interior Elements, ca. 1880 - ca. 1883, ca. 1886 - ca. 1888

  • charcoal, Conté crayon, red chalk, paper
  • 225 x 171 mm
  • Inv. 1994-A

Public Domain

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Ensor borrowed many motifs from his immediate surroundings. Several objects can be found in the rooms of his parents' house on the corner of Vlaanderenstraat and Van Iseghemlaan in Ostend, where the artist had his studio in the attic from 1880 to 1917. The combination of various interior fragments and fantastic elements on one sheet has an alienating effect and fits in with Ensor's interest in the theme of dream and reality. This drawing was once part of the collection of Ernest Rousseau, Ensor's Brussels bosom friend.


James Ensor RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949
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Title Hippogriff, Evil Spirits, Interior Elements
Date ca. 1880 - ca. 1883
ca. 1886 - ca. 1888
Period 19th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) centre below: Ensor
Collection print room
Object type pencil drawings AAT
Inventory number 1994-A
Acquisition credit gift
vzw Museumpromotie
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1994-A
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/3948/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
300055865 symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11K devil(s) and demons Iconclass
13D2 transformation, metamorphosis of person Iconclass
23U24 clock Iconclass
24A sun as celestial body Iconclass
25F animals Iconclass
25F2 mammals Iconclass
25FF231 griffin (lion/eagle); 'Griffo' (Ripa) Iconclass
25H23 sea (seascape) Iconclass
25I141 street Iconclass
41A2 interior of the house Iconclass
41A4 decorations (interior of the house) Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41B2141 chimney-piece, mantelpiece Iconclass
41D283 mask Iconclass
43C11 hunting, chase Iconclass
43C71511 shadow pictures (~ hand games) Iconclass
46C131 riding a horse, ass, or mule; rider, horseman Iconclass
46C13141 horse Iconclass
46C23 boat propelled by man or animal Iconclass
46C2711 seaman Iconclass
48C524 drawing, sketch Iconclass
52A44 Fantasy, Caprice; 'Capriccio' (Ripa) Iconclass
School / Style Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
James Ensor : Tekeningen en prenten / Robert Hoozee, Sabine Bown-Taevernier, Jan Frederik Heijbroek. - Antwerpen : Mercatorfonds, 1987 (p. 104, nr. 62)
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. 126-127, cat. 73 (ill.))
James Ensor ou la fantasmagorie / Michel Draguet. - Paris : Éditions Gallimard, 1999 (nr. 151)
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. 124))
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. 366 (ill. 151))
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