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James Ensor

[Belgian Expressionist Painter, 1860-1949]

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Original works by James Ensor available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteJames Ensor at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan
Le Ballet Faerique (Le Jardin d'Amour), ca.1925/30

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Christ's Entry into Jerusalem, 1885
Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889, 1888

Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art Timetable of Art History

Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
Artworks in the museum's collections database

Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
"Works in focus:" At the Conservatory

Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston   NEW!
Paintings collection online

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Includes biographical information about the artist

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Death Chasing the Rock of Mortals, 1896
(In the "Etching" section)

Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh   NEW!

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Most but not all artists in the NGA database have works online

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Notable SiteNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

Notable SiteRoyal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue (in French)  
Many works online

Notable SiteTate Gallery, London, UK

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Death pursuing the human flock

Ball State Museum of Art, Indiana
Scenes of the Life of Christ, 1921

Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive, California
Seascape, 1881
The Finding of Moses, 1924

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain
Vierge et mondaine (Virgin and mondaine)

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Illinois
Le Diable au Moulin

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas   NEW!

Koninklijk Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
The Intrigue

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Saskatchewan

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
6 works

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
2 images online

Museum of Modern Art, New York City - Provenance Research Project
Tribulations of St. Anthony [Les tribulations de St. Antoine], 1887
Masks Confronting Death [Masques devant la mort], 1888

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Portrait of the Artist's Mother, ca.1881

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (in German)  
The Cathedral

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (in German)  
Still Life with Blue Pitcher

State Museums of Florence Digital Archive, Italy

The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
(Images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image)

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Les Pattineurs (The Skaters)

Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany (in German)  

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (mostly in German)  
Skelett, Chinoiserien betrachtend, 1885

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Flemish Art Collection, Belgium
The Intrigue, 1890

Flemish Art Collection, Belgium
Old Lady with Masks, 1889

Flemish Art Collection Database, Belgium (in Dutch)  
Hundreds of works viewable online

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Art Signature Dictionary   NEW!

Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteJames Ensor at The Athenaeum
3 works online

Notable SiteWorld Visit Guide (formerly Insecula)

Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur (in German)  
(a welcome screen is displayed for a couple of seconds before the search results appear)

Boston College Fine Arts Department

California State University WorldImages Database

Ciudad de la Pintura (in Spanish)  

El Poder de la Palabra (The Power of the Word) (in Spanish)  

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)

RKD Netherlands Imagebase   NEW!
Eclectic database of images that range from old black-and-white photos to superb, zoomable reproductions

Additional Image Search Tools:
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Miscellaneous Sites:
ArtsNet Minnesota

Belgian Art Research Institute (in French)  
Biography and sample artworks

James Ensor Archief, Belgium
Information about this group that centralizes the study of Ensor's work


Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteEncyclopedia Britannica complete article on James Ensor  
Note: The full version of the article is available only if you follow this link. If you bookmark the article and return later, or if you navigate directly to the Britannica website, you will see a 100-word preview only. Troubleshooting

Notable SiteRKD Netherlands Institute for Art History  

Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Art + Auction Magazine
Artist Dossier -- "The Belgian painter's allegorical aesthetic was ahead of the curve. Today, if his new auction record and MoMA show are any indication, it's utterly au courant."

Frieze Magazine
Review (from issue 38): James Ensor

International Herald Tribune (now part of the New York Times organization)
"The Strange Case of James Ensor," article by Souren Melikian

New York Magazine
"Teeing Up the Twentieth Century", 2009 article by Jerry Saltz

The New York Observer
"Macabre Belgian Ensor Painted Self as Beetle", article by Hilton Kramer

The Village Voice
"Drawn and Quartered", 2001 article by Jerry Saltz

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
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Between Street and Mirror: The Drawings of James Ensor


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