James Ensor

Cortege Infernal [Infernal Procession]

About this artwork

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.

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  • title:
    Cortege Infernal [Infernal Procession]
  • accession number:
    GMA 2098
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  • materials:
    Etching on paper
  • date created:
    Dated 1887
  • measurements:
    Image size: 21.90 x 26.90 cm; paper size: 34.50 x 46.60 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1979
  • copyright:
    © DACS 2018.

James Ensor

James Ensor