Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Painter of Masks"

Reflecting on his lifelong obsessions... himself, the sea and death, MOMA brings to life many key pieces of James Ensor's work in this current exhibition now open through September 21. This exhibit showcases 120 works that span Ensor's long career of experimental art, pushing forward influence on many generations of artists to come. Examples of Ensor's paintings, prints and drawings are installed in this revealing network, touching on the very essence of the man known as the "painter of masks". Ensor was a major figure in the Belgian Avante Garde from 1880 to the mid 1890's. During this time, he brought to life what some consider to be his most "creative" work. This show pulls heavily from this particular time period in Ensor's career. If you miss this thrilling new show in New York, the next stop is Musee d'Orsay in Paris October 2009 through February 2010.

Pictured Above, James Ensor, Portrait of Artist Surrounded by Masks, 1889.

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