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Lust, 1888

  • etching, heightened, paper
  • 92 x 131 mm
  • Inv. 1998-B-59

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Ensor published the series "The Seven Deadly Sins" in 1904 in the form of an album with a preface by 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 "Lust", which was probably made after the etching of 1888. Ensor repeatedly coloured "The Seven Deadly Sins". He told Demolder that the album gave him great satisfaction, but that he particularly preferred the heightened prints.


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Title Lust
Date 1888
Period 19th century
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom left: ENSOR
signatures (names) bottom right: Ensor
signatures (names) bottom right: James Ensor
inscription on the reverse: AT
inscription on the reverse: 61 / D.59
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 1998-B-59
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
11N36 Lust, Luxury, 'Luxuria'; 'Lussuria' (Ripa) ~ personification of one of the Deadly Sins Iconclass
25F9 mis-shapen animals; monsters Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A236 lying figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31AA236 lying figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
41A761 bed Iconclass
41A76122 four poster bed Iconclass
41A763 bedding Iconclass
52A4 Imagination; 'Imaginatione' (Ripa) Iconclass
52A44 Fantasy, Caprice; 'Capriccio' (Ripa) Iconclass
57AA4 Shamelessness Iconclass
57AA5 Indecency, Impudence; 'Sfacciatigine' (Ripa) Iconclass
57AA51 Licentiousness, Lasciviousness; 'Lascivia', 'Licenza' (Ripa) Iconclass
School / Style phantasy
satire (artistic device) AAT
Henri Leys, Henri de Braekeleer, James Ensor / Loys Delteil. - Paris : Chez l'Auteur, 1925 (nr. 59)
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. 59)
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