James Ensor is an equally scandalous character that finally gets the attention he deserves in the Sackler Galleries.
While Tuymans is one of the biggest names in contemporary painting, Ensor made his reputation in the Expressionist movement. With a family that specialised in souvenirs and curiosities in local carnivals, the James Ensor signature style was dominated by colourful masks, puppets and skeletons.
For a long time Ensor struggled to be accepted by the establishment, especially as his work turned to tormented religious works such as Entry of Christ into Brussels. This monumental painting pictured Belgian politicians and Ensor's family as a hoard of masked figures mocking the vulnerable Christ on a donkey.
As Ensor's style softened later in the 19th century, the art world began to take notice and this exhibition is a perfect opportunity to discover why.
|James Ensor by Luc Tuymans, Royal Academy
|Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD | MAP
|Green Park (underground)
29 Oct 16 – 29 Jan 17, Mon - Sun 10am - 6pm, Friday 10am - 10pm
|£11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.
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