James Ensor, ‘Buste’, 1887, Freeman's
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James Ensor

Buste, 1887

Drypoint in sanguine on Japan
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Image: 5.125 x 3.5 in (13 x 8.9cm)
sheet (uneven): 9.375 x 6.375 in (23.8 x 16.1cm)

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James Ensor
Belgian, 1860–1949
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A major figure of the Belgian avant-garde in the late 19th century and a forerunner of 20th-century Expressionism, James Ensor produced paintings that explored religious subject matter, political satire, and carnivalesque imagery (his family owned an antiques and souvenir emporium that sold grotesque carnival masks). Stylistically, his paintings are characterized by harsh colors and thick layers of oil paint, sometimes applied with palette knives or spatulas. His most famous work, Christ’s Entry into Brussels (1889), incorporated his trademark style and depictions of fairground masks to satirize contemporary religion and politics in Belgium. In his early years, Ensor was a founder and leader of Les Vingt (The Twenty), a group whose goal was to promote new artistic developments in Europe, though they later rejected his work as it became more radical and extreme in subject and method. Ensor admired the works of Francisco Goya and J. M. W. Turner, and felt a particular affinity with their preoccupations with both light and violence.

James Ensor, ‘Buste’, 1887, Freeman's
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About the work
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Image: 5.125 x 3.5 in (13 x 8.9cm)
sheet (uneven): 9.375 x 6.375 in (23.8 x 16.1cm)

Inscribed by Albert Croquez on the cardboard backing of the frame verso:

"Cette pointe-sèche ne se rencontre pas
communément. La planche est à peu près
effacée et ne donne plus.
Cette épreuve ancienne, sur Japon, à la cuve,
tirée en …

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Signature
Pencil signed and dated, with wide margins
James Ensor
Belgian, 1860–1949
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A major figure of the Belgian avant-garde in the late 19th century and a forerunner of 20th-century Expressionism, James Ensor produced paintings that explored religious subject matter, political satire, and carnivalesque imagery (his family owned an antiques and souvenir emporium that sold grotesque carnival masks). Stylistically, his paintings are characterized by harsh colors and thick layers of oil paint, sometimes applied with palette knives or spatulas. His most famous work, Christ’s Entry into Brussels (1889), incorporated his trademark style and depictions of fairground masks to satirize contemporary religion and politics in Belgium. In his early years, Ensor was a founder and leader of Les Vingt (The Twenty), a group whose goal was to promote new artistic developments in Europe, though they later rejected his work as it became more radical and extreme in subject and method. Ensor admired the works of Francisco Goya and J. M. W. Turner, and felt a particular affinity with their preoccupations with both light and violence.

James Ensor

Buste, 1887

Drypoint in sanguine on Japan
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