(THROUGH SEPT. 7) Step into the uncanny, bizarre and often mystical world of James Ensor! Let Art Muse LA guide you through an exhibition filled with paintings, drawings and etchings by this avant-garde Belgian artist who invited ridicule and criticism, but also championed a new way of expression through self-invented sarcastic and scandalous imagery. His art making, from painting to drawing and printmaking, is equally aggressive and, yes, scandalous. James Ensor is an artist of opposites who was capable of making intricately detailed etchings and drawings filled with bruising imagery. If it seems harsh today, it must have been particularly scathing to the late -19th century public. He is also a rare example of an artist who managed to shock critics, audiences and fellow artists in his youth and go on to gain official recognition as Belgium’s most celebrated modern artist late in life. Find out about the many faces (and masks) of this eccentric, enigmatic man in a private tour with Art Muse LA of The Scandalous Art of James Ensor at the Getty Center.
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Photo credit: James Ensor Belgian, 1860–1949 Skeleton Painting, 1895 or 1896? Oil on panel Unframed: 37.3 x 45.3 cm (14 11/16 x 17 13/16 in.) Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels EX.2014.2.33