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James Ensor and the Graphic Experiment

James Ensor and the Graphic Experiment

By (author) Willemijn Stammis
By (author) Ad Stijnman
By (author) Herwig Todts


Publishing 14th Oct 2024
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    • Published to accompany the exhibition Ensor's States of Imagination at Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium, from September 24 2024 to January 5 2025
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    James Ensor (1860–1949) was a Belgian painter known for his provocative and innovative works, often featuring masks and grotesque figures. Through mediums like etching and lithography, Ensor delved into themes of existential exploration and the macabre. His graphic oeuvre showcases his mastery of line and form, inviting us into a realm where masks, skeletons, and surreal landscapes converge to challenge conventions and provoke thought. But how did Ensor make prints? What techniques did he use? Which old masters inspired him and in what way did he experiment with this medium? James Ensor and the Graphic Experiment gathers the most remarkable results of Ensor’s graphic experiments: preparatory drawings, copper plates and various states of prints.

    Image © Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp

    About the Author

    Willemijn Stammis is curator of modern and contemporary prints and drawings at Museum Plantin-Moretus. Ad Stijnman is a professional printmaker and an independent scholar of historical printmaking processes, specialising in manual intaglio printmaking techniques. Herwig Todts is an art historian and senior curator of modern art at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.

    Hannibal Books
    Publish date
    14th Oct 2024
    World excluding Benelux, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy
    280 mm x 230 mm
    128 Pages
    100 color
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