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Scandalized Masks, 1895

  • etching, paper
  • 116 x 76 mm
  • Inv. 1998-B-99

Public Domain

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Ensor was familiar with masks from childhood, through his parents' souvenir shop. Later, he himself would also collect them. In comparison with his painterly oeuvre, it is striking that the mask theme dominates only two etchings, namely "Scandalized Masks" and "Intrigued Masks" (inv. 1998-B-128). The first print is based on the painting of the same name, which Ensor admittedly dated '1883', but of which the masks are probably a later overpainting (Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium). An enlarged version of the print 'Scandalised masks' was included in the 1922 deluxe edition of Grégoire Le Roy's Ensor monograph.


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Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949

Title Scandalized Masks
Date 1895
Period 19th century
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings title at the top: <p><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:9.0pt;">Masques Scandalisés</span></p>
signature and year bottom left: <p><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:9.0pt;">J. Ensor 95</span></p>
signature and year bottom right: <p><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:9.0pt;">James Ensor 1895</span></p>
title below: <p><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:9.0pt;">Les masques scandalisés</span></p>
inscription on the reverse: <p><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:9.0pt;">AT</span></p>
inscription on the reverse: <p><span style="font-family:Verdana;font-size:9.0pt;">D99</span></p>
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 1998-B-99
Acquisition credit purchase
Taevernier, Auguste (coll.)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
41A3211 open door Iconclass
41B34 oil-lamp Iconclass
41D221(FLAT HEAD) head-gear (FLAT HEAD) Iconclass
41D221(POINTED HAT) head-gear (POINTED HAT) Iconclass
41D283 mask Iconclass
52A4 Imagination; 'Imaginatione' (Ripa) Iconclass
52A44 Fantasy, Caprice; 'Capriccio' (Ripa) Iconclass
56E1 Irritation Iconclass
School / Style phantasy
satire (artistic device) AAT
Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
James Ensor / Grégoire Le Roy. - [s.l.]. - G. Van Oest & Cie, 1922
Henri Leys, Henri de Braekeleer, James Ensor / Loys Delteil. - Paris : Chez l'Auteur, 1925 (nr. 99)
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. 99)
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