From the exhibition website, 14 September 2010
Even 150 years after his birth, James Ensor (1860-1949) continues to fascinate. ING, the Royal Antwerp Fine Arts Museum (KMSKA) and the Brussels Fine Arts Museum (BOZAR) are joining forces in order to show you the painter from Ostend in a new light. Ensor revealed sets drawings against paintings in order to clarify the mental universe and the genesis of the masterpieces of this obstinate artist.
The exceptional richness of the collection of the museum of Antwerp is supplemented by several works from private and public collections. The works on show are a testament, first of all, to the extraordinary imagination of the artist, familiarising you with his abundance of creativity. They also reveal some secret methods used by the “Prince among painters”.