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The following text was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher in Laguna Woods, California:
James Ensor was born in 1860 in Ostend, a Belgian seaport and watering place. His parents ran a little junk shop, and Ensor's childhood was obsessed by the dark and frightening attic, full of items from the shop. He attended the Brussels Beaux-Arts from 1877 to 1880. Ostend must have been a very stuffy place, but Ensor could hardly bear to leave it.&n (showing 500 of 4137 characters).