Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans: podcast round-up

Published 22 December 2016

Three podcasts explore the work and life of James Ensor, with the RA’s Senior Curator, Adrian Locke, contemporary Belgian painter, Luc Tuymans, and conservator Herwig Todts offering a closer look at Ensor’s eclectic career.

  • Despite spending his whole professional life in the Belgian seaside town of Ostend, James Ensor exerted considerable influence on the development of Expressionism, and was very successful in his lifetime. An innovator and an outsider, he rebelled against the conservative art teachings of the late 19th-century Academy in Brussels, drawn instead to the avant-garde salons where his radical creative vision could thrive. Equally adept in painting, drawing and printmaking, his work defies categorisation and convention. Ensor remains largely unknown in the UK, despite having a British father, and his work is underrepresented in national collections.

  • An Introduction to James Ensor

    Senior Curator Adrian Locke introduces the RA’s exhibition Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans, while reflecting on this unique collaboration with co-curator Luc Tuymans, another of Belgium’s most notable artists.

  • Luc Tuymans in conversation with Adrian Locke

    Luc Tuymans discusses his distinguished career as a contemporary painter, as well as his curation of the James Ensor exhibition, with Senior Curator Adrian Locke.

  • The eclectic art of James Ensor

    Herwig Todts, Conservator of Modern Art at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, examines the eclectic nature of James Ensor’s work and his creative process.


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