James Ensor

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Ensor, James


Born Apr. 13, 1860, in Oostende (Ostend); died there Nov. 19, 1949. Belgian painter and graphic artist.

Ensor entered the Brussels Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1877. In 1881 he moved to Oostende. He was influenced by 17th-century Flemish painting, by the artists G. Courbet and C. de Groux, and by the impressionists. From such early realistic works as Woman Eating Oysters (1882, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp), Ensor turned to the fantastic in garishly colored compositions with masks and skeletons. In these works he combined satire of the vulgarity of the bourgeois world with sardonic parody of mankind; an example is Entry of Christ Into Brussels (1888, Ensor Museum, Oostende). Ensor’s graphic art was characterized especially by multifigure etchings full of dramatic tension, as in Cathedral (1886).


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Two near contemporaries of James Ensor (1860-1949) were Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh, and he shares with both an urge towards iconoclastic self-expression, born out of resistance to the bourgeois social compliance of their time.
James Ensor (1860-1949) is inextricably linked with the same town, yet Ensor's international fame has always exceeded that of Spilliaert, and it is he who will occupy the galleries of the Royal Academy in London this autumn (29 October-29 January 2017).
By adding the words a Bruxelles, Van Imschoot makes clear that he uses ancient stories to talk about today, perhaps implying that in his version Paris is the city, whose inhabitants judge the Belgian capital--at the same time alluding to James Ensor, who did something similar by putting the Belgian capital in place of Jerusalem in his 1888 painting Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889.
Post-Impressionists Vincent van Gogh, James Ensor, and Edvard Munch brilliantly conveyed emotions, both subtle and overt.
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Claire Moran closes the volume with a study of the abstract self-figuration of the artist as Christ in the work of Odilon Redon, James Ensor, and Paul Gaugin.
The last great religious painting of the 19th century was not publicly exhibited until a major retrospective was held for James Ensor at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels in 1929 and King Albert I of Belgium bestowed on him the title Of baron.
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