Sarah Slappey on James Ensor

Sarah Slappey on James Ensor

James Ensor, The Tribulations of Saint Anthony, 1887, Oil on canvas, 46 ⅜ x 66 inches James Ensor, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Hieronymous Bosch have all painted depictions of the torment of Saint Anthony by demons and monsters. In Ensor’s Tribulations of Saint...
Barry Nemett on Gwen John

Barry Nemett on Gwen John

Gwen John, A Corner of the Artist’s Room in Paris, 1907-09, Oil on canvas, 12.3 x 9.8 inches, National Museum Cardiff, Wales The building weighs less than a flower. The parasol stem dreams about being a wicker chair. A blade of wall threatens the throat of the...
David Humphrey on James Ensor

David Humphrey on James Ensor

James Ensor, Portrait d’Augusta Boogaerts, 1939, Oil on panel, 22 x 16 cm Misreading pleases me almost as much as mishearing. The read or heard phrase arrives into consciousness seeming to belong to someone else, but then converts into one’s own when the mistake...