James Ensor. Capture of a Strange Town (Prise d'une ville étrange). 1888

James Ensor Capture of a Strange Town (Prise d'une ville étrange) 1888

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Ensor's bizarre visions were fueled, from early childhood, by the attic above his family's souvenir shop. He described it as "dark and frightening . . . full of horrible spiders, curios, seashells, plants and animals from distant seas, beautiful chinaware, rust and blood-colored effects, red and white coral, monkeys, turtles, dried mermaids."

Gallery label from Wunderkammer: A Century of Curiosities, July 30–November 10, 2008.
composition: 6 3/4 x 9 1/8" (17.2 x 23.2 cm); plate: 7 1/16 x 9 3/8" (17.9 x 23.8 cm); sheet: 14 x 18 7/8" (35.6 x 47.9 cm)
James Ensor, Brussels
Léon Evely, Brussels
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