New York

James Ensor

Albert Loeb and Krugier

The show of the complete graphic works of James Ensor was remarkable. It didn’t include anything new, and it has all been reproduced by Loys Delteil in volume 19 of Le Peintre-Craveur IIlustré and by Albert Croquez, but I myself had never before seen it all together, and I found its impact quite unexpected. Ensor is certainly the most various of the fin de siècle artists: one can find all the elements that go to make up his work in the production of many other artists of his time—in Munch, Moreau, early Vuillard and early Mondrian, Khnopff—but in these others one finds only one or two of the elements that Ensor was able to fuse into a single style. His is the ultimate synthesis of historicism. It is an interesting fact that when the historicist attitude first began to express itself in art during the second half of the 18th century, the moving forces behind it were the same as at the end

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