Belgian painter James Ensor is known as a symbolist artist, the creator of bright grotesque paintings in which the faces of people are hidden by masked symbols. Human nature is determined by a given mask, hiding the true world of experiences of the human soul. The mask of Ensor is sometimes a reflection of the instinctive, subconscious movement, and at times deliberate, deliberate.
Grotesque, comic, irony intertwine in the artist’s images. He began his creative career, however, as a realist. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, traveled throughout Europe. His first artistic experiences were still lifes inspired by Flemish paintings of the 17th century, as well as portraits and genre scenes.
From the middle of the 1880s the artist’s work acquired a different character and the works created at that time brought him fame. Other famous works: “Intrigue”. 1890. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp; “Conventional masks.” 1892. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels; “Angry Masks.” 1883. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels.