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Bronze pot with Apparitions, ca. 1880 - ca. 1885, ca. 1886 - ca. 1888

  • charcoal, Conté crayon, white chalk, paper, background paper
  • 225 x 165 mm
  • Inv. 1994-B

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 formerly part of the collection of Ernest Rousseau, Ensor's Brussels bosom friend.


James Ensor RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949
draftsmen (artists)AAT

Title Bronze pot with Apparitions
Date ca. 1880 - ca. 1885
ca. 1886 - ca. 1888
Period 19th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) top right: <p><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:9.0pt;">Ensor</span></p>
Collection print room
Object type pencil drawings AAT
charcoal drawings AAT
chalk drawings AAT
Inventory number 1994-B
Acquisition credit purchase
Galerie Ronny Van de Velde
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
300015638 still lifes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11K devil(s) and demons Iconclass
13 magic, supernaturalism, occultism Iconclass
13A1 spirit, ghost Iconclass
22C light Iconclass
22C5 reflection (light in general) Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
31A42 human beings (legendary or not) of abnormal proportions, size, strength, etc. Iconclass
41A2 interior of the house Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41C27(POT) kitchen-utensils: pot Iconclass
52A44 Fantasy, Caprice; 'Capriccio' (Ripa) Iconclass
School / Style realism (artistic form of expression) AAT
Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
Unheimlich : Innenräume von Edvard Munch bis Max Beckmann = The Uncanny Home : Interiors from Edvard Munch to Max Beckmann (Ausstellung Bonn, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 20.10.2016 -29.01.2017) / Volker Adolphs, Johannes Binotto, Irene Horn, Felix Krämer. - München : Hirmer Verlag, 2016 (p. 162)
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