James Ensor

Skeletons in the Studio

1900
This macabre scene in a corner of the artist’s studio includes several elements that recur in Ensor’s paintings: masks, costumes, oriental objects, and seemingly animate clothed skeletons. The jumbled collection of curios recall his mother’s souvenir shop, which was below the artist’s studio, in Ostend, Belgium.
Artist
Title
Skeletons in the Studio
Date
1900
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
111 x 79.5 cm
Nationality
Belgian
Credit line
Purchased 1981
Accession number
23976