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Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor
Catherine de Zegher (Editor)
0816640122
September 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Early in his career, Belgian painter James Ensor (1860-1949) broke away from Impressionism, rejecting its prettiness in favor of an original, highly dramatic style. Incorporating elements of satire, caricature, masquerade, and the grotesque, Ensor was a sharp observer of his social and political milieu and a skilled controversialist. Bridging the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and not easily fitting into one particular movement or group, his drawings are increasingly valued for their innovative subjects and techniques, as well as the strong social criticism at their heart. This volume, published to accompany the first major New York exhibition of Ensor's drawings, includes more than one hundred plates, most of them in color. Essays by Susan M. Canning (College of New Rochelle), Marcel De Maeyer (University of...


James Ensor: Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889
Patricia G. Berman
0892366419
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The brash young artist James Ensor painted Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 during a period of extraordinary artistic and political fomentation in his native Belgium. It is one of the most dazzling, innovative, and perplexing paintings created in Europe in the late nineteenth century,
rivaling any work of its period in audacity and ambition. Huge in scale, complex in design and execution, and brimming with social commentary, the startling canvas presents a scene filled with clowns, masked figures, and--barely visible amid the swirling crowds--the tiny figure of Christ on a donkey
entering the city of Brussels. This insightful volume examines the painting in light of Belgium's rich artistic, social, political, and theological debates in the late nineteenth century, and in the context of James Ensor's...


Superhuman Crew
James Ensor
0892365528
October 1999
Paperback
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Gadfly
"A compelling mix."

Easy Reader
"A thoughtful and quirky culmination of art forms that belongs in the hands of Dylan fans, Ensor enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the alchemy that takes place when you marry one bold art work with another."

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James Ensor, 1860-1949: Visionary Landscapes Masqueraders, and a Taste for the Macabre
Carol Brown (Editor)
0853317518
September 1997
Hardcover
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James Ensor
James Ensor
377571703X
Mar 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Few artists of the late nineteenth century produced an oeuvre more bizarre, ironic, profound and rich in interpretive possibilities than the Belgian painter James Ensor. Ensor lived from 1860 until 1949, and has enjoyed newfound fame since 1994 as the subject of the They Might Be Giants song ìMeet James Ensor.î His unusual work challenged standards of taste and technique by mingling the influence of his Belgian forbears, Bosch and Breugel, with a bright, loosely brushed impressionist style. Ensor offered unmistakable symbols of the absurdity of existence--particularly in portraying the tourists who flooded his native OstEnd on their vacations, whom he caricatured mercilessly as clowns and skeletons, or concealed behind brightly colored carnival masks. His painting influenced both German Expressionists and...


Illustrated Bartsch #141: James Ensor, Vol. 141
James N. Ensor
0898352401
January 1982
Library Binding
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Book Description
James Ensor

Language Notes
Text: English, French --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Illustrated Bartsch, Vol. 141, Commentary: James Ensor
James N. Elesh (Editor)
089835000X
October 1982
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, French


Jockum Nordstrom
Jockum Nordstrom
3865211429
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Pseudo-naïve and funny, Jockum Nordström's works compress a bundle of simultaneous narratives in a single frozen frame. He says, "A single picture of mine may often be based on a multiple of originals. I am constantly looking at my immediate surroundings as well as books." Art, photographs, people, plants, architecture, patterns, textiles, sex, and history all play an important role in his compositions. His enigmatic scenes, rendered in drawings and mixed-media pieces in watercolor, gouache, and collage, seem at once old-fashioned and modern. Lucas Cranach and James Ensor are longstanding influences, as are folk art and Surrealism. His art seems to portray suppressed fantasies fighting their way into the consciousnesses of the flattened-out figures. Fantasy has the power to transform banal, alienating tasks...


Fernand Khnopff: Portrait of Jeanne Kefer
Michel Draguet
089236730X
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The Belgian artist, illustrator, sculptor, and photographer Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) became a popular society portraitist in the 1880s, using elements that had served him well as an avant-garde symbolist painter: visual realism and a mood of silence, isolation, and reverie. As in the
provocative yet hauntingly beautiful Portrait of Jeanne Kefer, which is the focus of this book, he frequently posed his models leaning against a closed door, flattening the space and resulting in a meditative, hermetically sealed image. Jeanne Kefer was the daughter of a composer friend of the
artist, and Khnopff deftly captured the child's vulnerability to the outside world in the small gesture of her tiny thumb catching the edge of her bow.
The book places this painting in the historical context of Khnopff's times and social...

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