Carlo Bonte to auction Ensor’s “Le Crucifié”


Bruges auction house Carlo Bonte’s three-day event next week sees paintings by Flemish artists Odevaere and Ensor on the block

“We hope it stays in the country”

Carlo Bonte’s autumn auction next week will see James Ensor’s “Le Crucifié” and an untitled portrait of an Italian noblewoman by Joseph Denis Odevaere sold to the highest bidders. The Bruges auction house attracts large numbers of arts and antiques enthusiasts from East and West Flanders but also welcomes guests from across Belgium and abroad.

Ensor, who lived on the Flemish coast for nearly his entire life, painted “Le Crucifié” in 1900. It shows a visibly conscious Christ crucified in front of a background of blue sea and sailboats, a smattering of onlookers below. Bidding will start at €80,000. “We really hope that this work does not leave the country for a foreign collection,” said Bonte.

Odevaere, a neo-classicist who was born in Bruges in 1775, painted many portraits in his lifetime and served at King William I’s court painter. His portrait of a woman in Italian dress with Medici in the background is thought to have been painted in 1810. The oil on canvas is expected to fetch between €3,000 and €5,000.

The auction takes place from 27-29 October, with viewing from 23 to 25 October.

Photo: A detail from James Ensor’s “Le Crucifié”