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Storm at the Edge of the Wood, 1888

  • etching, paper
  • 166 x 238 mm
  • Inv. 1998-B-47-2

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Ensor usually based his etchings on his own drawings, or derived certain motifs from them. As far as is known, however, Ensor drew few landscapes. In view of the relatively large number of landscape etchings (about 20), it seems as if the artist went straight into nature with the etching plate. Ensor etched a few faces in the woods around Ostend and made a series of polder landscapes with villages, detached houses or windmills: Mariakerke, Leffinge, Slijkens and Oudenburg. As an etcher after nature, Ensor was especially fascinated by the rendering of the light in the woods and on the polder plain. He etched with small, nervous traits that tremble with tension. His landscapes are characterised by controlled, sparse writing, which gives them an evocative power.


James Ensor RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949

Title Storm at the Edge of the Wood
Date 1888
Period 19th century
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom left: Ensor 88
signatures (names) bottom right: James Ensor
stamps (tools) on the reverse: AT
inscription on the reverse: D. 27.
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 1998-B-47-2
Acquisition credit purchase
Taevernier, Auguste (coll.)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H landscapes Iconclass
25H15 forest, wood Iconclass
26C winds Iconclass
31A27412 throwing down something Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
School / Style realism (artistic form of expression) 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. 47)
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