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The Orchard, 1900

  • etching, paper
  • 355 x 276 mm
  • Inv. 2011-CQ-15

Public Domain

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Ensor usually based his graphics 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. According to the author Albert Croquez, who catalogued Ensor's etchings in 1935, the depiction is of an orchard in Oudenburg near Ostend. The Kunstmuseum in Düsseldorf has a drawing with the same scene. The original etching plate from 1886 was reused for Die Insel.


James Ensor RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ostend 1860 - Ostend 1949

Die Insel
Munich 1899 - 1901

Title The Orchard
Date 1900
Period 19th century
20th century
Location Munich TGN TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: ENSOR
stamps (tools) on the reverse: Insel Verlag
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2011-CQ-15
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 25G3 trees Iconclass
25G4(GRASS) plants and herbs (GRASS) Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25H17 meadow, pasture Iconclass
47I411 orchard Iconclass
61E(OUDENBURG) names of cities and villages (OUDENBURG) Iconclass
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