James Ensor’s Innovative and Profound Paintings on View at Musée d’Orsay

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James Ensor - "La raie", 1892,  - Oil on canvas - 80 x 100 cm. - Bruxelles, Musées royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique © ADAGP, Paris 2009.

PARIS.- When presented at the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts
de Belgique in Brussels and at the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in
Antwerp, the work of James Ensor (1860-1949) is that of a Belgian painter who is
both innovative and tortured. Presented at the Musée d’Orsay, his
original and profound paintings are those of a 19th-century artist situated
between Naturalism and Modernity. Presented at the MoMA, his work fits
brilliantly and naturally into the great avant-garde movements that are the
forte of this museum.
Furthermore, it was this powerful originality
that Alfred Barr stressed in 1940, when he acclaimed the “Tribulations of St.
Anthony”, declaring that Ensor was, at the time he produced this painting in
1887, “the boldest living artist”. On view Spring,
2010.