James Ensor

The Museum of Modern Art presents James Ensor—the first exhibition at an American institution to feature the full range of his media in over 30 years.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in United States.
From Sunday 28 June 2009 to Monday 21 September 2009

Skeletons Fighting Over a Pickled Herring. 1891 image The Astonishment of the Mask Wouse. 1889 image At the Conservatory. 1902 image The Baths at Ostend. 1890. image Calvary. 1886 image The Dangerous Cooks. 1896 image The Frightful Musicians. 1891 image The Intrigue. 1890 image The Oyster Eater. 1882 image Self-Portrait with Masks. 1899 image Skeleton Musicians. 1888 image The Skeleton Painter. 1895 or 1896(?) image Skeletons Trying to Warm Themselves. 1889 image The Strange Masks. 1892 image The Skate. 1892 image Tribulations of Saint Anthony. 1887 image Masks Mocking Death (Masks Confronting Death). 1888 image

Published by MOMA on Monday 13 July 2009.
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James Ensor (1860–1949) was a major figure in the Belgian avant-garde of the late nineteenth century and an important precursor to the development of Expressionism in the early twentieth. In both respects he has influenced generations of later artists. This exhibition presents approximately 120 works, examining Ensor’s contribution to modernity, his innovative and allegorical use of light, his prominent use of satire, his deep interest in carnival and performance, and his own self-fashioning and use of masking, travesty, and role-playing. Examples of Ensor’s paintings, prints, and drawings are installed in an overlapping network of themes and images to produce a complete picture of this daring, experiential body of work. Ultimately, this exhibition presents James Ensor as a socially engaged and self-critical artist involved with the issues of his times and with contemporary debates on the very nature of modernism. The exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, will travel to the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, October 2009–February 2010.