James Ensor. The Deadly Sins (Les Péchés capitaux). 1888–1904, published 1904

James Ensor The Deadly Sins (Les Péchés capitaux) 1888–1904, published 1904

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In this satirical series, Ensor updated a traditional theme of Christian morality. In the first sheet, Death, in the form of a winged skeleton, embraces seven figures that personify the seven deadly sins. In each of the subsequent sheets, the artist depicted his contemporaries engaged in each vice: gluttony, sloth, pride, anger, avarice, envy, and lust. A small skeleton or devil mocks the obscene, feckless behavior of the central characters. This set of prints is particularly rare; it is in pristine condition and its colors are fresh because it was preserved in the original collector's album.

Gallery label from New to the Print Collection: Matisse to Bourgeois, June 13, 2012–January 7, 2013.
Portfolio of eight etchings with colored pencil and watercolor additions
dimensions vary, see child records.
James Ensor, Ostend, Belgium
possibly Jean-Baptiste Van Campenhout
unknown; approx. 50-100 (approx. 20 with hand coloring)
Riva Castleman Endowment Fund and The Print Associates Fund
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