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James Ensor. Masks Confronting Death. 1888

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Masks Confronting Death

James Ensor (Belgian, 1860–1949)

Oil on canvas
32 x 39 1/2" (81.3 x 100.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Mrs. Simon Guggenheim Fund
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Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Rousseau, Brussels. [Likely purchased from the artist by Mariette Rousseau, 1890] By 1905 – 1921
Mrs. G. Born, Anvers/Antwerp. By 1922 – at least until 1947
Gustave van Geluwe (1881-1962), Brussels. By 1949 – 1951
Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels. Agent for van Geluwe, 1951
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased from Galerie Georges Giroux, 1951

Masks Mocking Death
La mort et les masques
Les Masques défiant la mort
Masques raillant la mort
Masques scandalisés raillant la mort
[Masques devant la mort]

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