James Ensor - the exhibition catalogue from Royal Academy available to buy at Museum Bookstore

James Ensor

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'Exquisite turbulence' - Guardian

James Ensor exhibition at the Royal Academy

James Ensor (1860–1949) produced one of the most unusual bodies of work at the turn of the twentieth century. This beautiful exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition, Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans - an exhibition curated by the artist, Luc Tuymans.

Ensor was born in Ostend and barely left his home town during his lifetime; his family, however, ran a curio shop filled with an array of exotic objects including parrots, a monkey and masks from around the world, which perhaps in part influenced the imagery of his mature work. Marked by psychological complexity, contradictions and sheer eccentricity, Ensor's works - featuring such bizarre subject matters as dressed up skeletons and macabre carnival masks - have continued to baffle and intrigue in equal measure.

Essays explore Ensor's life and legacy, while Tuyman's commentary of his selection of works provide a distinctive picture of Ensor. 

  • Author: Luc Tuymans
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Date published: October 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1910350454
  • Dimensions: 28 x 23 cm

'Exemplary... gives the sharpest sense of Ensor’s evergreen originality and his singular vision of the world' - Guardian

'Distrust, grandeur, decay, the shifting sands of meaning: this is a wonderful, unexpected show' - FT

'crackles like a twisted fairy tale' - Telegraph

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James Ensor at Royal Academy