James Ensor: The Temptation of Saint Anthony

James Ensor The Temptation of Saint Anthony This engaging volume describes the creation and restoration of the extraordinary large scale drawing The Temptation of Saint Anthony a work by late th century Belgian artist James Ensor on

  • Title: James Ensor: The Temptation of Saint Anthony
  • Author: Susan M. Canning Kimberly Nichols Herwig Todts
  • ISBN: 9780300203912
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This engaging volume describes the creation and restoration of the extraordinary large scale drawing The Temptation of Saint Anthony a work by late 19th century Belgian artist James Ensor 1860 1949 on the occasion of its first public showing in than 60 years The piece is composed of 51 separate sheets of paper collaged into a hallucinatory social critique and artisThis engaging volume describes the creation and restoration of the extraordinary large scale drawing The Temptation of Saint Anthony a work by late 19th century Belgian artist James Ensor 1860 1949 on the occasion of its first public showing in than 60 years The piece is composed of 51 separate sheets of paper collaged into a hallucinatory social critique and artist s manifesto Each sheet of the nearly six foot high work is reproduced at actual size, revealing Ensor s remarkable technique and fertile imagination Here, Saint Anthony is surrounded not with nature, as customary, but with the moral decay of society Replete with tiny scenes depicting both sexual temptation and spiritual piety, Ensor splices potent imagery from travelogues, popular science, and technology magazines into a Symbolist masterpiece Susan M Canning, Patrick Floriz one, and Nancy Ireson analyze the drawing s meaning Herwig Todts details its origins and early history and Kimberly J Nichols recounts the work s restoration.

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    1. The research on Ensor is fairly exhaustive and new insights are rare. Despite recent efforts that rework some of the shoddy scholarship of earlier writers that seemed obsessed with his status as something less than a commonly accepted great artist, little of any significant importance has been offered. The recent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago effectively changes that. Count now among other great works such as The Intrigue, The Cathedral, The Entry of Christ in Brussles, The Tribulat [...]

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