Etching Signed and Dated, "La Chimere" in pencil. Ensor titled the etching on verso, also in pencil. The image measures about 2 x 3 inches on a heavy stock paper, 4to, signed and dated in pencil, "James Ensor 1888." From the collection of Augusta Bogaerts, life long friend of Ensor. The artist's name "Ensor'' is written in pencil along the verso imprint
by ENSOR, JAMES
Augusta Bogaerts (1870-1951) and Ensor had a long perhaps ambiguous relationship. She was 18 when they met in 1888, 10 years younger than the 28 year old artist. In that most creative year, of his 1888, Ensor turned his attention to religious themes incorporating his fascination with macabre masks and skeletons. He produced his "Chimera" etching among many engravings and also started to work on his most important painting "The Entry of Christ into Brussels," completed in 1889, considered "scandalous" at the time. Much later in his life, Ensor portrayed Augusta Bogaerts in his painting a "Portrait d'Augusta Bogaerts" (1939) in oil on panel.
(Inventory #: 4213)
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