Ensor

Ulrike Becks-Malorny

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Ensor By Ulrike Becks-Malorny Ensor It was never a sure thing that James Ensor the great Belgian painter of macabre and ghoulish scenes would become a nationally revered figure James Ensor was unusual in many ways Apart from his train

  • Title: Ensor
  • Author: Ulrike Becks-Malorny
  • ISBN: 9783822858585
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ensor By Ulrike Becks-Malorny It was never a sure thing that James Ensor, the great Belgian painter of macabre and ghoulish scenes, would become a nationally revered figure James Ensor was unusual in many ways Apart from his training in Brussels, he spent his entire long life in Ostend, seemingly the opposite of cosmopolitan Later on he was expelled by the group Les XX for a particularly controversiIt was never a sure thing that James Ensor, the great Belgian painter of macabre and ghoulish scenes, would become a nationally revered figure James Ensor was unusual in many ways Apart from his training in Brussels, he spent his entire long life in Ostend, seemingly the opposite of cosmopolitan Later on he was expelled by the group Les XX for a particularly controversial canvas The Entry of Christ into Brussels , which he had painted in 1889 An expressionist before the term was coined, he used the iconography of masks and skeletons to point up the essential horrors of life, and often underwrote his images with a sardonic gallows humour It has been said that he appropriated the subject matter of a Bosch or Bruegel and revisioned them using the techniques of Manet or Rubens But this is to diminish his own unique take on both art and experience A genuine maverick in the way that so many Belgian artists are lest we forget Magritte , James Ensor can claim a dark and distinctive place in the art histories of the last hundred years.
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    1. Kerfe on said:

      As with all Taschen art books, this is beautiful to look at and easy to read The biographical information provides a nice overview of Ensor s life and times, and there are plenty of mostly color illustrations to complement the text.The artist was eccentric, the art magical The mask and skull paintings particularly appealed to me, as did Ensor s use of color I didn t realize that Belgium had such a strong tradition of Carnival.I wish I had read this before I saw his show at MOMA it definitely wou [...]

    2. Bronwyn Rodden on said:

      This small but well made book by the wonderful Taschen publishers is a great read about this somewhat bizarre but gifted fin de siecle painter from Ostend, on the Belgium sea coast It includes many images of his work, including some great ones from the great collection in Antwerp and the captions on the plates are informative and interesting.

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