James Ensor (1860 – 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX.
James Ensor is considered to be an innovator in 19th century art. Although he stood apart from other artists of his time, he significantly influenced such 20th century artists as Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, George Grosz,Alfred Kubin, Wols, Felix Nussbaum, and other expressionist and surrealist painters of the 20th century. (adapted from wikipedia)
Skulls and masks (link)
James Ensor (1860-1949)
Crânes et Masques (Elesh 29)
etching, 1888, on simili Japon paper, second, final state, signed, dated and titled in pencil, countersigned in pencil and numbered 16 on the reverse, with wide margins, light staining, otherwise in very good condition
P. 100 x 137 mm., S. 236 x 290 mm.