Innovative and distinctive, Ensor’s experimental style influenced a generation of twentieth century expressionist and surrealist painters. Ensor was trained at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels alongside Vincent van Gogh and Fernand Khnopff, but upon departure from the school his style rapidly took an increasingly surreal turn. Although much of his work was decried in the late nineteenth century as scandalous, art critic Eugène Demolder notes that Ensor’s paintings are 'masterpieces of prodigious and fantastical imagination' (Xavier Tricot, James Ensor, Catalogue raisonné of the paintings, New York, 1992, vol. II, p. 127).
We are grateful to Xavier Tricot for his assistance with the cataloguing of this lot.
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