Ensor’s print output demonstrates an enormous versatility and range. He was adept at both intensely worked compositions as well as minimal, almost scrawl-like work. This print has a child-like simplicity, each figure consists of just a few lines, but it stems from an awareness of the Dutch and Flemish tradition of grotesque imagery that stretches back to Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breughel the Elder. It shows a procession of strange other-worldly figures with exaggerated animal-like features. They march in line with their pitchforks, snaking up an incline and led by a devilish figure riding a headless beast. The morbid and menacing atmosphere of this monstrous gang is an expression of his attitude towards the social and political inhumanity that he saw around him.