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Ensor (Taschen Basic Art)

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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 controversi ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Taschen (first published August 1st 1999)
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Bronwyn Rodden
Apr 11, 2015 Bronwyn Rodden rated it it was amazing
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.
Kerfe
Nov 08, 2009 Kerfe rated it it was amazing
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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
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