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Sloth (La Paresse), from the Deadly Sins (Les Péchés Capitaux) series

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Sloth (La Paresse), from the Deadly Sins (Les Péchés Capitaux) series

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

James Ensor
Belgian, 1860–1949

Date

1902

Medium

Etching

Accession #

72.8 B

Dimensions

6 5/16" x 9 1/2"

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

While the world outside is seen toiling at various tasks, two lazy sleepers, a man and a woman, remain unmoved, buried deep in their bed. A skeleton removing the hands of a clock wittily illustrates the sleepers’ disregard for the normal division between work and rest.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Lawrence and Alfred Fox Foundation for the Ralph K. Uhry Collection

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