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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1956.40
People
James Ensor, Belgian (Ostend, Belgium 1860 - 1949 Ostend, Belgium)
Title
Carnival
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Le Carnaval
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1930
Culture
Belgian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/228546
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
66.7 x 83.2 cm (26 1/4 x 32 3/4 in.)
framed: 88.7 x 105.3 x 7.3 cm (34 15/16 x 41 7/16 x 2 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r. Ensor
  • inscription: verso, middle stretcher, graphite: Carnival James Ensor
  • label: verso, top left corner of frame, printed text: LE CADRE / SOC [illeg.] ÉTÉ ANONYME / ANCIENNE MAISON MANTEAU / 29, RUE DES DEUX ÉGLISES / BRUXELLES
  • inscription: verso, left side of frame, white chalk: 365 - 1 - CAMBRIDGE
  • inscription: verso, left stretcher bar, white chalk: COOLIDE
  • inscription: verso, left bottom corner of frame, black stencil: 7092
  • label: verso of frame, lower center, square with printed text: 15
  • inscription: verso, top stetcher bar, graphite: May 9 [or 4] 1955 November 9 Masques B+T
  • inscription: verso, right stretcher, graphite: [illeg. text] 84 NGG3 [illeg.] Ensor
  • inscription: verso, left side of canvas, graphite: [illeg.]
  • label: verso, top of frame: [illeg.] KUNSTHANDEL [illeg.] / AMSTERDAM HEERENGRACHT 469 / No. 514. / James Ensor. / "Carnavail" / 26 1/2" x 33 "
  • label: verso, top right corner of frame: FEIGL GALLERY [printed] / Artist [printed] J. ENSOR [handwritten] / Title [printed] Le Carnaval [handwritten] / No. [printed] 734 [handwritten]

    On side of label, vertically printed: 601 MADISON AVE. / NEW YORK CITY
Provenance
James Ensor, sold; [through Sam Salz, Paris (by 1931)] [1]; to Herbert Tannenbaum, New York, (?- c. 1953) [2]. James N. Rosenberg, New York, (c. 1953 -1956) gift; to Fogg Art Museum.

Notes:
[1] Salz is given as owner in 1931 exhibition catalogue. Xavier Tricot states (in email to S. Kianovsky 28 Jan 2011) that Salz took the painting on consignment.

[2] Offered for sale "from an American collection" in February 1953 through an exhibition at the Feigl Gallery in New York
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of James N. Rosenberg in honor of Paul J. Sachs
Copyright
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels
Accession Year
1956
Object Number
1956.40
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Christian Brinton and Louis Piérard, Exhibition of Contemporary Belgian Painting, Graphic Art and Sculpture, exh. cat., Redfield-Downey-Odell Company, Inc. (New York, 1929), cat. no. 34

Kunsthandel Huinck & Scherjon, N.V., Tentoonstelling van Hollandsche en Fransche Kunst, exh. cat. (Amsterdam, 1930), cat. no. 9, repr.

Tentoonstelling van Werken door James Ensor, 1930, cat. no. 18, repr.

Ensor: 10 Oil Paintings Exhibited for the First Time in the United States, exh. cat., Feigl Gallery (New York, 1953), No. 10, repr.

Xavier Tricot, James Ensor: Life and Work. The Complete Paintings, Hatje Cantz (Ostfildern, Germany, 2009), p. 375, fig. 601, ill.

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Contemporary Belgian Painting, Graphic Art and Sculpture, Brooklyn Museum, 01/01/1929 - 01/01/1930

Tentoonstelling van Hollandsche en Fransche Kunst, Kunsthandel Huinck & Scherjon, N.V., 05/24/1930 - 06/30/1930

Tentoonstelling van Werken door James Ensor, Kunsthandel Huinck & Scherjon, N.V., 12/01/1930 - 12/01/1930

Ensor: 10 Oil Paintings Exhibited for the First Time in the United States, Feigl Gallery, 02/11/1953 - 02/28/1953

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