James Ensor, ‘Les Romains De La Décadence’, Freeman's
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James Ensor

Les Romains De La Décadence

Colored pencil, graphite and watercolor on paper
7 5/8 × 11 in
19.4 × 27.9 cm
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According to the inscription verso written in the hand of Albert Croquez, who was a close friend of …

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Pencil signed and dated 1890 bottom left
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, ‘Les Romains De La Décadence’, Freeman's
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According to the inscription verso written in the hand of Albert Croquez, who was a close friend of the artist and an ardent collector of his works, this present work was the first of an ultimately unrealized series of drawings entitled Le Satyrical, inspired by the writings of French anarchist and satirist Laurent …

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Pencil signed and dated 1890 bottom left
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

Les Romains De La Décadence

Colored pencil, graphite and watercolor on paper
7 5/8 × 11 in
19.4 × 27.9 cm
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