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James Sidney Ensor

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James Sidney Ensor (1860 - 1949) was active/lived in Belgium.  James Ensor is known for Figure, genre, interior and portrait painting.

Biography photo for James Sidney Ensor 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.  In his whole life, he made just one trip to Paris, Holland and London each. He was a reclusive man with an eclectic brush, who turned a wide range of styles and influences into a scabrous, satirical vision of grinning skulls and tormented masks. The theme of masks is central to the work of Ensor.   

Light, considered a sign of divine immanence, fascinated Ensor.  It gives a special tension to his skeleton pieces, mask paintings and street scenes of his best years,   ...  [Displaying 1000 of 4118 characters.]  Artist bio

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Facts about James Sidney Ensor

   James Sidney Ensor  Born:  1860 - Ostend, Belgium
Died:   1949 - Ostend, Belgium
Known for:  Figure, genre, interior and portrait painting

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.  In his whole life, he made just one trip to Paris, Holland and London each. He was a reclusive man with an eclectic brush, who turned a wide range of styles and influences into a scabrous, satirical vision of grinning skulls and tormented masks. T  ...  Displaying 750 of 4118 characters.

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