Thanks for joining me today. I've been to the last of this year's art talks which was about Belgian Artist James Ensor. I must admit that I didn't know about his work although a couple of pictures did look familiar. The Royal Academy exhibition is currently on and the place to visit to see more. Here are my notes.
James Ensor was born in 1866 and spent most of his life in Ostend in Belgium with only a few trips to London and Paris. His father was an alcoholic whereas his mother and grandmother, who ran souvenir shops, were strong women and firmly in charge. As a small child he was sensitive and delicate and had a phobia of spiders. The love of his life was Augusta Boogaerts but he was stopped from marrying her however she remained a good companion, helping to mix his paints when older. He studied at the Royal Academy in Brussels. There was a lot of unrest in Belgium during his life.
|Self portrait with a flowered hat 1883-88 with similarities to Rubens|
|Beach Hut 1876|
|The Intrigue 1890 - masks symbolise hypocrisy, reveal a lack of brains, are menacing, paintings often have a skeleton to indicate death is ever present.|
|Skeletons Warming Themselves 1889 - again a satire showing his feelings that art in general was remaining static/freezing.|
All the pictures here are from the internet and as always there is much more information about Ensor to be found there.
Let's hope there are a few more talks next year as it's been very interesting finding out more about the artists and the hidden meanings within their work in the context of the artists' lives.
I'm linking this post to Barbara's Paint Monthly link-up.