‘Ensor revealed’ takes the reader into the Ensor’s workshop, offering a vision of the artist’s thoughts and artistic evolution. The works reproduced here reveal James Ensor’s extraordinary imagination, and allowing us to better understand his prodigious creativity by uncovering some of the secrets of this ‘prince of painters’.

This volume shows how this amazing expressionist painter was also one of the 19th century’s greatest realist painters. His still lifes, portraits, modern genre painting and drawings all reveal his desire and ability to hold his own against his contemporaries as well as old masters.

The catalogue also provides a detailed exploration of Ensor’s most original and innovative work his celebrated grotesque paintings and his masks (including masterpieces such as ‘Astonishment of the Mask Wouse’, ‘Intrigue’ and ‘Skeletons Fighting Over a Hanged Man’).

The 150 works on paper reproduced here are accompanied by numerous archival documents, photos, notebooks, indecipherable drafts and crossed-out sketches, as well as many previously-unpublished illustrations that demonstrate in both images and words the consistency of Ensor’s burgeoning artistic trajectory.

In collaboration with ING and KMSKA (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen)

This catalogue accompanies the exhibition by the same name at the Espace Culturel ING, Brussels (7 October 2010 – 13 February 2011)