|James Ensor 1860-1949|
|Skeletons warming at a Fire|
having seen so recently many photos of snowy scenes on FB pages from around the world, and truly hating the cold,
I cannot but recall a small painting (Ft. Worth Museum) at right , by the Belgian Painter James Ensor (self portrait left), whose work was rejected initially as scandalous.
The yearly philanthropic "Bal du Rat Mort" (Dead Rat Ball) in Ostend continues a tradition begun by Ensor and his friends in 1898.
I am drawn to the sarcasm and scurrility of both works, the novella by Kafka and Ensor's skeletal art. and then there were those cinema noir films of the 60's that, too, as it seemed to me then, and even now, had to have been inspired by Ensor. Who surely saw beyond the facades of fashions and make up into the very soul of existence! Example "Omicron" - Italy (science fiction comedy). Or "Signori e signore"-Italy (sex comedy).
|Ensor: Skeletons at billiards|
|Heroes come, and Heroes go: John Alexander,|
For sure John Alexander (living in NY, born in 1945 in Beaumont, Tx)
must have been inspired by Ensor, for some of his phantasmagoric and/or grotesque paintings.
|John Alexander: Crane|