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James Ensor. Hop-Frog's Revenge (La Vengeance de Hop-Frog). 1898
James Ensor

Hop-Frog's Revenge (La Vengeance de Hop-Frog)

1898
Not on view
Medium
Etching and drypoint
Dimensions
plate: 14 1/2 x 9 13/16" (36.9 x 24.9 cm); sheet: 19 11/16 x 12 13/16" (50 x 32.5 cm)
Credit
Gift of Victor S. Riesenfeld
Object number
322.1958
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

This allegorical image on the theme of class injustice is based on an 1845 short story by Edgar Allen Poe, one of Ensor's favorite authors. It illustrates the revenge of a court jester, a crippled dwarf named Hop-Frog, against an unjust king and his seven corrupt ministers. On the occasion of a masquerade ball, the king is persuaded by the jester to trick his guests by disguising himself and his ministers as chained orangutans. Ensor pictured the final scene of the story, when Hop-Frog has caught the eight "orangutans" on a chandelier hook, hoisted them above the party, and used a torch to set them on fire.

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