The Pisser

Public Domain

Artist / maker

James Ensor (etchers)

Date

1887

Period

19th century
Ensor regularly drew inspiration from drawings and prints by Jacques Callot. He derived the etching "The Pisser" from a drawing that was reproduced in 1878 in the magazine L'Art. In the background of the etching, he 'portrayed' an artist at work in a childlike style; above it is the caption Ensor est un fou. Possibly Ensor wanted to give his…
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Ensor regularly drew inspiration from drawings and prints by Jacques Callot. He derived the etching "The Pisser" from a drawing that was reproduced in 1878 in the magazine L'Art. In the background of the etching, he 'portrayed' an artist at work in a childlike style; above it is the caption Ensor est un fou. Possibly Ensor wanted to give his critics a dressing-down. The figure of the pisser also appears in a sketchbook sheet (Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, inv. 2712/151a).
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