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James
Ensor



 


 

Baron James (Sidney Edouard) Ensor
 

(b Ostend, 13 April 1860; d Ostend, 19 Nov 1949).

Belgian painter, printmaker and draughtsman. No single label adequately describes the visionary work produced by Ensor between 1880 and 1900, his most productive period. His pictures from that time have both Symbolist and Realist aspects, and in spite of his dismissal of the Impressionists as ‘superficial daubers’ he was profoundly concerned with the effects of light. His imagery and technical procedures anticipated the colouristic brilliance and violent impact of Fauvism and German Expressionism and the psychological fantasies of Surrealism. Ensor’s most memorable and influential work was almost exclusively produced before 1900, but he was largely unrecognized before the 1920s in his own country. His work was highly influential in Germany, however: Emil Nolde visited him in 1911, and was influenced by his use of masks; Paul Klee mentions him admiringly in his diaries; Erich Heckel came to see him in the middle of the war and painted his portrait (1930; Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Mus.); Alfred Kubin owned several of his prints, while Marc Chagall and George Grosz also adapted certain elements from Ensor. All the artists of the Cobra group saw him as a master. He influenced many Belgian artists including Léon Spilliaert, Rik Wouters, Constant Permeke, Frits van den Berghe, Paul Delvaux and Pierre Alechinsky.

 




 
 

 

 

Ensor with Masks



 

Ensor at his Easel



 


Ensor with Flowered Hat



 


Self-Portrait



 


Self-Portrait with Masks



 


La aniquilacion del angel rebelde



 

Old Woman with Masks



 

Masks Fighting over a Hanged Man



 

The Astonnishment of the Masks Wouse



 

Skeleton Looking at Chinoiseries



 

Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889



 

Skeletons Trying to Warm Themselves




 

Demons Teasing Me



 

Cristo agonizante



 

The Lady in Distress



 

Children Washing



 

Child with Doll
 

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