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Skulls and Masks, 1888

  • etching, Vergé paper, bister
  • 91 x 133 mm
  • Inv. 1998-B-29-1

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Ensor kept skulls, masks and headgear in his studio, which regularly appeared in his work from 1888 onwards. In this etching, he brought together several skulls and a mask. It is the only print in which he recorded such a still life.


James Ensor RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949

Title Skulls and Masks
Date 1888
Period 19th century
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: Ensor
inscription on the reverse: AT / AT
inscription on the reverse
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 1998-B-29-1
Acquisition credit purchase
Taevernier, Auguste (coll.)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
300015638 still lifes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A211 (human) skull Iconclass
41D283 mask Iconclass
41E1 still life of related objects Iconclass
School / Style phantasy
Symbolism (artistic concept) 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. 29)
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