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James Ensor Art

Belgian, 1860-1949

James Ensor is a Belgian painter and printmaker and an important influence on Expressionism and Surrealism. Ensor's early works, such as Russian Music (1881) and The Drunkards (1883), depict realistic scenes in a somber style, after which his palette subsequently brightened and he favored increasingly bizarre subject matter. Such paintings as The Scandalized Masks (1883) and Skeletons Fighting over a Hanged Man (1891) feature figures in grotesque masks inspired by the ones sold in his mother's gift shop for Ostend's annual Carnival. Subjects such as carnivals, masks, puppetry, skeletons and fantastic allegories are dominant in Ensor's mature work. Ensor dressed skeletons up in his studio and arranged them in colorful, enigmatic tableaux on the canvas and used masks as a theatrical aspect in his still lifes. Attracted by masks' plastic forms, bright colors and potential for psychological impact, he created a format in which he could paint with complete freedom. Ensor was a prolific and accomplished printmaker. He created 133 etchings and drypoints throughout his career, with 86 of them made between 1886 and 1891 during the height of Ensor's most creative period. Ensor himself recognized that the prints were a key part of his artistic legacy, stating in a letter to Albert Croquez in 1934, "Yes, I intend to go on working for a long time yet so that generations to come may hear me. I intend to survive, and I think of the solid copper plate, the unalterable ink, easy reproduction, faithful prints and I adopt etching as a means of expression.”

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Artist: James Ensor
"Les Patineurs, " Etching of a Winter Landscape signed by James Ensor
By James Ensor
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Les Patineurs" is a signed etching by James Ensor. It is from the Loÿs Delteil 65 volume XIX and depicts a multitude of skaters on a frozen pond. "Les Patineurs" is the French word ...
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Late 19th Century Realist James Ensor Art

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Etching

"La Plage de la Panne, " Seascape Etching signed by James Ensor
By James Ensor
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"La Plage de la Panne" is an original etching by James Ensor. The artist signed the piece in plate in the lower right and signed, titled, and dated it below t...
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Early 1900s James Ensor Art

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Etching

La Mare aux Peupliers - Original Etching by James Ensor - 1889
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Original etching realized by James Ensor in 1889. Hand signed and dated. Good conditions, small stain lower right. Image Dimensions : 15 x 23 cm References: Delteil, Taevernier 74.
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1880s Modern James Ensor Art

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Scènes de la vie du Christ - Vintage Rare Book Illustrated by James Ensor - 1921
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Scènes de la vie du Christ is an original modern rare book illustrated by James Ensor (Ostend, 1860 - Ostend, 1949) in 1921. Original edition. Published by George Giroux, Bruxelles...
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1920s Expressionist James Ensor Art

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Lithograph, Paper

Le Roi Peste (The Plague Kings) - Etching by James Ensor - 1895
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
The Plague Kings is an original etching on the Japanese paper, realized by James Ensor in 1895, signed on the plate and dated, unique state, with the second signature on the reverse ...
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1890s Surrealist James Ensor Art

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Assassinat - Etching by James Ensor - 1888
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Assassinat is an original etching on the Japanese paper, realized by James Ensor in 1888, signed on the plate and dated, with the second signature on the reverse. In good conditions...
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1880s Surrealist James Ensor Art

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La Gourmandise - Etching by James Ensor - 1904
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Gluttony (La Gourmandise) is an original etching on the Japanese paper, realized by James Ensor in 1904, signed and dated with the second signature and title on the reverse, 2nd stat...
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Early 1900s Surrealist James Ensor Art

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Christus bij de bedelaars , 1895, etching, plate-signed, James Ensor
By James Ensor
Located in Sint-Truiden, BE
Taevernier No. 102 - Etching is in very good condition and of very good quality. Although the plate was deleted in the presence of a bailiff in 1950 or 1951, this print was made afte...
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Late 19th Century James Ensor Art

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Handmade Paper

Capture of a strange town - Etching by James Ensor - 1888
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Etching on cream paper, copper plate, 4th final state of four. Titled on lower left, hand signed in pencil and dated on lower right by the artist. A signature on plate, hard to read,...
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1880s Modern James Ensor Art

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Frise, the Swedish botanist - Original Etching y James Ensor - 1886
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Orginal etching on zinc plate, signed and dated on plate on verso. Second state of two(II/II). Very fine impression, printed in black ink with plate tone. Very good conditions, with ...
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1880s Modern James Ensor Art

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Exterminating Angel
By James Ensor
Located in New York, NY
James Ensor (1860-1949), Exterminating Angel (L'Ange Exterminateur), etching with drypoint, 1889, signed and dated in pencil lower right, also titled and countersigned verso. Referen...
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1880s Symbolist James Ensor Art

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Drypoint, Etching

Les Masques Scandalisés - Etching by J. Ensor - 1895
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed, also signed on plate. Passepartout included : 49 x 34 cm Image Dimensions : 8 x 12 cm Catalogue Deteil n. 99.  This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legisl...
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1890s Post-Impressionist James Ensor Art

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Etching

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La Gamme d’Amour - Vintage Rare Book Illustrated by James Ensor - 1929
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Les Péchés Capitaux dominés par la Mort
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Located in Roma, IT
Signed on plate. Very good conditions. Image Dimensions: 9 x 13.5 cm This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 70 years ago b...
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Lisière du Petit Bois, Ostende - Etching by James Ensor
By James Ensor
Located in Roma, IT
Hand signed and dated. Signed also on plate. Copy on Japan paper. Superb and Fresh impression in perfect conditions. Bibliography: Cat. Tavernier n.27 III. Cat. Delteil n. 27 Cat. G...
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Portrait of Elias Frise
By James Ensor
Located in New York, NY
James Ensor (1860-1949), Portrait of Elias Frise, etching, 1886, signed, titled (le’ancetre) and dated in pencil recto; also signed and titled verso, on laid japon nacre paper. References: Delteil 3, Elesh 3, second state (of 2). In very good condition, with wide margins (hinged at top to a backing sheet, not matted), 9 3/4 x 7 3/4, the sheet 16 x 11 1/2 inches. Provenance: Augusta Boogaerts (1850-1951), Ostend, a gift from the artist (with her initials AB in pencil verso) Mira Jacob Wolfovska (1912-2004), Paris, with her blindstamp lower right margin (not in Lugt) A fine impression, printed in black ink with plate tone. The first state is without Ensor’s signature and date. Elesh notes that this print has been variously identified as “Portrait d’un ecclesiastique, Portrait, and Viellard, but that it is a portrait of the Swedish botanist Elias Fries, made after an anonymous lithograph; and that the reasons Ensor made the print are open to conjecture. But we can offer some clues as to Ensor’s motivation. Elias Magnus Frise (1794-1878), Swedish botanist, was the developer of the first system to classify fungi, a system still valid for many groups of fungi today. He also developed a system for classifying lichens. Wikipedia notes that his “taxonomy of mushrooms was influenced by Goethe and the German romantics”. During his student years at the Academy Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels Ensor became acquainted with a number of anti-establishment artists including the symbolists Fernand Khnopff, and Willy Finch...
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