James Ensor Masks

Although James Ensor (1860-1949) is most well known for his paintings (Which have influenced both expressionism and surrealism), I’ve been seeing his handmade masks pop up on Pinterest.

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Not for the maskaphobics out there, these projects gave Ensor saw an opportunity beyond fine art. According To MOMA, he stated “The mask means to me: freshness of color, sumptuous decoration, wild unexpected gestures, very shrill expressions, exquisite turbulence.”

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I love the phrase “exquisite turbulence.” But I’m not a fan of actual exquisite turbulence.
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It’s been theorized that these masks were modeled after items in the curiosity shop Ensor’s family ran, right beneath his studio.
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Quite evocative, no?
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One Response to “James Ensor Masks”

  1. Meet James Ensor, Belgium’s famous painter

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