19 March 2014
James Ensor (1860-1949)
Le Pisseur (The Pisser) (D., Cr., T., E. 12)
etching, 1887, on simili-Japan paper, signed, dated and titled in pencil, countersigned in pencil verso, with wide margins, in very good condition
P. 152 x 109 mm., S. 296 x 238 mm.
Mira Jacob Wolfovska (1912-2004), Paris, with her blindstamp (not in Lugt).
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U. Becks-Malorny, James Ensor 1860-1949: Masks, Death and the Sea, Taschen Verlag GmbH, Cologne, 2000, p. 10 (this impression illustrated).
Bateau Lavoir, Paris, 1978, no. 12.
Strasbourg/Basel, 1995-96, no. 14.
Scholars have related Le Pisseur to a drawing by Jacques Callot (Uffizi, Florence) of a similar subject. In Ensor’s version a top-hatted gentleman relieves himself on a graffiti-covered wall scrawled with the legend Ensor est un fou (Ensor is a mad man). Le Pisseur has been understood as Ensor’s witty and irreverent response to his critics.
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