James Ensor at the Getty Museum

the scandalous art of james ensor

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor has opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. More than 100 paintings and drawings will be on display, including the Getty’s own Ensor masterpiece, Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889. It’s a look at the bizarre and most interesting period of the Belgian artist’s work, where everything’s strange and everyone’s ugly. Shit happens in them, sometimes literally, they zing with energy, and then his work mellows to almost boring.

Here’s some artwork from the Getty exhibition..

Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 james ensorJames Ensor – Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889 – oil on canvas. The J. Paul Getty Museum. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

james ensor artworkJames Ensor – The Intrigue, 1890, oil on canvas. Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders, vzw. Photo Hugo Maertens. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

ensor painting the skeleton painterJames Ensor – The Skeleton Painter, 1896, oil on panel. Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders, vzw. Photo Hugo Maertens. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

james ensor portrait of jesus christJames Ensor – The Man of Sorrows, 1891, oil on panel. Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. Image © Lukas-Art in Flanders, vzw. Photo Hugo Maertens. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

religion shitting on humanityJames Ensor – Doctrinal Nourishment, 1889/1895, etching printed with tone and hand-colored. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Image licensed by Art Resource, NY. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels

What do you think of the last image? Religious leaders lined up to shit on the people. Times have changed just a little. There would now be a politician, a banker, a religious leader and a couple of big business owners lined up to do the same job. Same result though, we’re left with shit all over us.

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor is showing through to the 7th of September at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. See more details at the museum website here.

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