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James Ensor, view of Ostend to the east


Etching, 1888; Delteil, Croquez, Tavernier and Elesh 40. Elesh's third state of three. Dated, titled and signed in the plate 1888 / VUE D'OSTENDE / J. Ensor. Signed in pencil James Ensor, and again signed on the verso Ensor. A very good impression, printed on wove ivory paper. Large margins, minimal defects at margins, in very good condition. To the platemark 90 x 137 mm. The entire sheet measuring 160 x 250 mm.

Except for three years studying history and religious painting at the Brussels academy, James Ensor, a Belgian painter, printmaker, and draftsman, lived in Ostend, Belgium, all his life. He began his artistic career as a portrait painter but soon became involved with the avant-garde group Les XX, whose goal was to promote new artistic developments throughout Europe. Ensor ranks among the top exponents of Symbolism, but in fact he created drawings, paintings and prints in a variety of different styles which makes it difficult to attach him to any one movement. His works are often satirical, crudely painted with bright expressive paint and brushwork. Ensor started etching in 1886, at the very peak of his artistic career; he was drawn to this technique under the influence of the old masters which he copied in that period. Ensor considered his etchings to be valuable, independent art works. He was not working as an illustrator or designer for the literary business and he displayed his graphic work together with his paintings and drawings at exhibitions. Ensor’s graphic oeuvre includes about 130 prints. Over half of this entire production was realized between 1886 and 1891, the artist’s exceptionally creative years. Apart from a few lithographs and soft wax plates the artist focused on etching and dry-point engravings.

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