James Ensor (1860-1949)
James Ensor (1860-1949)

Projet pour Cortège représente Maurice de Nassau à Ostende après la Bataille de Nieuport (I)

James Ensor (1860-1949)
Projet pour Cortège représente Maurice de Nassau à Ostende après la Bataille de Nieuport (I)
signed 'James Ensor' (lower left), signed again 'Ensor' (lower center) and signed again 'Ensor' (lower right)
watercolor, colored wax crayons and pencil on joined paper laid down on card
9 ¼ x 34 ¾ in. (23.5 x 88.3 cm.)
Executed circa 1904
Estate of the artist.
Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, Inc., New York (by 1960).
Acquired from the above by the present owner, December 1966.
X. Tricot, James Ensor, sa vie, son œuvre, Catalogue raisonné des peintures, Brussels, 2009, p. 206 (illustrated in the artist's studio).
A. Swinbourne, Marvelous Spectacle, The Role of Ostend's Benediction of the Sea in Selected Paintings and Drawings by James Ensor, Ph.D. Diss., New York University, 2015, pp. 148-164.
Ostend, Galerie Studio, James Ensor, August 1945, no. 1.
Ostend, Galerie Studio, 78ième Salon de la Galerie Studio, James Ensor, May-June 1947, no. 19.
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., James Ensor, A Retrospective Centenary Exhibition, April-May 1960, no. 97 (illustrated).
New York, Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, Inc., Modern Masters, Drawings and Watercolors, November-December 1966, p. 9, no. 35 (illustrated; titled Study for Maurice de Nassau's Funeral Procession after the Battle of Nieuport).

Lot Essay

The Ensor Advisory Committee is pleased to give a positive opinion regarding the authorship of this drawing by James Ensor.

In 1904, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the Siege of Ostend (1601-1604), the city of Ostend held a competition for artists to submit designs for a cortège that would evoke scenes from the battle. This military campaign was one of the most devastating in the Eighty Years’ War between the Spanish and Dutch over control of the Southern Netherlands. Ensor was among the selected artists to participate and the final submissions were exhibited together in a promotional event at the Casino-Kursaal in Ostend.

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