James Ensor

James Ensor

Book - 2009
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James Ensor's painting of 1887, The Temptation of St Anthony, now in MoMA's collection, established him as one of the boldest painters of his contemporaries. Ensor (1860-1949) was a major figure in the Belgian avant-garde of the late 19th century and an important precursor to the development of Expressionism in the early 20th, yet his work is far too little seen. This striking book, published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, NewYork, gives Ensor the attention he so greatly deserves. Approximately ninety paintings, prints and drawings are featured, creating a complete picture of the artist's daring, experimental oeuvre. Essays examine Ensor's modernity, his innovative and allegorical approach to light, his prominent use of satire, his deep interest in carnival and performance, and finally his own self-fashioning, masking and roleplaying. As the most comprehensive volume on the artist available in English, this remarkable volume reveals Ensor as a socially engaged and self-critical artist involved with the issues of his times and contemporary debates on the very nature of modernism.
Publisher: New York : Museum of Modern Art, ©2009
ISBN: 9780870707520
Branch Call Number: 759.9493 E59s 2009
Characteristics: 208 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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Jul 21, 2017

Great book representing James Ensor. The text is not overwhelming which I dislike in art books. The reproductions of the art and very well done and the color is very accurate. The layout is great and is an all around good book.


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