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The Devil and the Windmill (after Horace Van Offel), 1934

  • soft-ground etchings (process), red chalk, paper
  • 145 x 190 mm
  • Inv. 1998-B-133

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Ensor intended the print 'The Devil and the Windmill' for the bibliophile edition of a collection of stories by the Antwerp writer Horace Van Offel (1878-1944). The edition was published in 1935 by the Brussels publisher Editions des Artistes in 396 copies. There are 25 numbered copies on Japanese mother-of-pearl paper, printed in sanguine. Ensor based the print on Van Offel's short story about the saintly life of Saint-Charmant, a mite of honour besieged by the devil. The devil succeeded in setting the inhabitants of the nearby village against Saint-Charmant, and the saint was tied to the sails of a windmill. A storm wind blew the mill sails away and Saint-Charmant was taken to heaven.


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Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949

Horace Van Offel

Title The Devil and the Windmill (after Horace Van Offel)
Date 1934
Period 20th century
Medium and support soft-ground etchings (process) AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year bottom right: Ensor 34
signatures (names) bottom right: JamesEnsor
inscription on the reverse: AT
Collection print room
Object type soft-ground etchings (process) AAT
Inventory number 1998-B-133
Acquisition credit purchase
Taevernier, Auguste (coll.)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11K devil(s) and demons Iconclass
11K41 devil(s) appearing to mortals, trying to seduce them; temptation Iconclass
25F9 mis-shapen animals; monsters Iconclass
25I3 farm or solitary house in landscape Iconclass
41D221(FEATHERED HAT) head-gear (FEATHERED HAT) Iconclass
47D31 windmill Iconclass
School / Style phantasy
satire (artistic device) AAT
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. 133)
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