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Anger, 1904

  • etching, heightened, paper
  • 95 x 146 mm
  • Inv. 1998-B-121

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Ensor published the series "The Seven Deadly Sins" in 1904 in the form of an album, with a preface by his friend Eugène Demolder. The series of prints was not made in one go. From 1888 dates "Lust". In 1902 and 1904, the other prints were added. There are preliminary studies in coloured chalk for all the etchings. These drawings are mirror images of the prints, except for "Fornication", which was probably made after the etching of 1888. Ensor repeatedly coloured "The Seven Deadly Sins". He told Eugène Demolder that the album gave him great satisfaction, but that he particularly preferred the heightened prints.


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Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949

Title Anger
Date 1904
Period 20th century
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: Ensor
signatures (names) bottom right: James Ensor.
stamps (tools) on the reverse: AT
inscription on the reverse: 54 / D.121
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 1998-B-121
Acquisition credit purchase
Taevernier, Auguste (coll.)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11N3 the Seven Deadly Sins (personified) Iconclass
11N33 Anger; 'Ira' (Ripa) ~ personification of one of the Seven Deadly Sins Iconclass
23A allegory of Time and Eternity Iconclass
25F animals Iconclass
25F9 mis-shapen animals; monsters Iconclass
31A21 (human) skeleton Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31F23 Death as man Iconclass
31F26 Death as skeleton Iconclass
34B1 domestic animals, kept in the house Iconclass
34B12 cat Iconclass
41D221(FLAT HEAD) head-gear (FLAT HEAD) Iconclass
41D221(HEADSCARF) head-gear (HEADSCARF) Iconclass
41D221(TOP HAT) head-gear: top hat Iconclass
School / Style phantasy
satire (artistic device) AAT
Henri Leys, Henri de Braekeleer, James Ensor / Loys Delteil. - Paris : Chez l'Auteur, 1925 (nr. 121)
James Ensor : Catalogue illustré de ses gravures ; Leur description critique et l'inventaire des plaques = Geïllustreerde catalogus van zijn gravures ; Hun kritische beschrijving en inventaris van de platen = Illustrated catalogue of his engravings ; Their critical description and inventary of the plates / Auguste Taevernier. - Ledeberg (Gent) : Erasmus Boekhandel bv Amsterdam, 1973 (nr. 121)
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