'Exquisite turbulence' - Guardian
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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