James Ensor Intrigue

James Ensor: “Intrigue”

  In No Exit, Jean Paul Sartre makes the claim "Hell is other people ('L'enfer, c'est les autres')." The viewer examining James Ensor's Intrigue may wonder if Ensor would have seconded Sartre's sentiments.   We know of Ensor that he was inclined towards solitude. For instance, though he had a privileged slot among Belgium's very fashionable Les XX … Continue reading James Ensor: “Intrigue”

Felicien Rops Death at the Ball

Felicien Rops: “Death at the Ball”

Félicien Rops, the Belgian printmaker and illustrator, had an undeniable connection to decadence. In particular, that decadence which emphasized decay of the moral order of the relatively young Bourgeoisie in Europe was something Rops reveled in. One must look no further than his broad portfolio of etchings and lithographs which celebrates a remarkably De Sadeian … Continue reading Felicien Rops: “Death at the Ball”

Leon Spilliaert Nuit (Night)

Leon Spilliaert: “Night”

Leon Spilliaert, a largely self-taught artist from Ostend, Belgium, was a life-long Symbolist and an artist fully engaged with his environment. Images of the Ocean, the landscape, and the isolation of his corner of the world are frequent subjects of his work. His art often expresses skepticism towards Industrialization and the idealization of Reason that … Continue reading Leon Spilliaert: “Night”