Skeltons Seeking to Warm Themselves (Squelettes Voulant se Chauffer) - JAMES ENSOR

Medium: etching

Skeltons Seeking to Warm Themselves (Squelettes Voulant se Chauffer) - JAMES ENSOR - etching

JAMES ENSOR
Belgian, (1860-1949)

Etching, 1886, Taevernier 98 (ii/II), Croquez 98, Delteil 98; edition unknown. 5 1/2 x 4 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. Signed dated and titled in pencil. (The verso is also countersigned in pencil across the sheet and titled in pencil along the bottom edge.) This is a superb, luminous impression on Japan paper, printed with plate tone. The margins appear to be full and uncut. (There are two small, previous hinges on the right edge, verso, not affecting the front.) This exemplary and memorable print relates closely to to oil painting now in the Kimbell Art Museum on Forth Worth Texas. It's considered on of his masterpieces. "Understood as a scene in an artist's studio, "Skeletons Trying to Warm Themselves" resembles a vignette from the popular medieval and early Renaissance print cycles of the Dance of Death..." (See the description of the painting found on the website of the Kimbell.)      $13,500

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