Image courtesy of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. © Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens. Artwork © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SABAM, Brussels.

The Scandalous Art of James Ensor

June 10 - September 7, 2014
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center

 In the early 1880s Belgian painter James Ensor (1860-1949) was working in a progressive naturalist style that was in line with broader artistic trends in Europe. But, by the end of that decade, Ensor’s art had become so satirical, bizarre, and fantastical that even his avant-garde peers had difficulty accepting his work. On view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from June 10 through September 7, 2014, The Scandalous Art of James Ensor charts the artist’s astonishing development during this pivotal time.

The exhibition presents more than 100 Ensor paintings and drawings, including 60 from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, along with a rich selection of the artist's drawings and etchings from the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and several other key lenders. The show culminates in two bewildering masterpieces: the recently restored Temptation of Saint Anthony (1887), an extraordinary oversize drawing on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, and Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889 (1888), a megalomaniacal painting that is a cornerstone of the Getty Museum’s collection.

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