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Pencil sketch featuring groups of figures and faces with donkey and rider, James Ensor Scenes from the Life of Christ in black and red font above.

James Ensor

Scenes from the Life of Christ

By (author) Xavier Tricot

£42.00

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  • James Ensor's series of 32 drawings in coloured pencil titled Scènes de la vie du Christ
  • In 1929 the drawings were made into lithographs and published in the form of an album
  • Xavier Tricot pays close attention to the figure of Christ in James Ensor's work
Full Description

In 1912-1913, James Ensor produced a series of 32 drawings in coloured pencil titled Scènes de la vie du Christ [Scenes from the life of Christ]. Each drawing on paper measures about 15 by 21 cm. The series depicts different episodes from the lives of Jesus and the Virgin Mary. In it, Ensor managed to combine the sublime and the grotesque in an unsurpassed manner. Some compositions are quite conventional, others typically ‘Ensorian’, and some even humorous. Among the works in the series is a drawing in which Ensor portrays himself as Christ, confronted with a dozen Belgian art critics who have gathered before him. In 1929 the drawings were made into lithographs and published in the form of an album by Galerie Georges Giroux in Brussels. These drawings can be considered as a link between the Ostend master’s early and later oeuvre. The series combines various motifs which Ensor also executed in oil paint. The author of the work, Xavier Tricot, also pays close attention to the figure of Christ in James Ensor’s work. From 1885 onward, the figure of Christ occupied a central position in Ensor’s oeuvre. In some of his works, the artist identified with the Messiah.

Specifications
Publisher
Exhibitions International
ISBN
9789053254745
Published
22nd Apr 2021
Binding
Hardback
Territory
United Kingdom and Ireland
Size
305 mm x 216 mm
Pages
160 Pages
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