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James Ensor House (James Ensorhuis)

Vlaanderenstraat 27, Ostend, Belgium
059/80-53-35
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Ranked #12 of 20 attractions in Ostend
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Apr 21, 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
San Francisco, California, Usa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Fascinating and gifted man, the painter James Ensor. He loved masks and carnaval and was fascinated by the dark and dirty side of very proper Belgian society. He was knighted, his portrait was on a bank note, but he always remained an outside. The house is where he lived at the end of his life, behind the shop in martiime... More

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Ostend, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This famous Painter has his roots in Ostend,though his origins are British. His flemish mother had a little shop of souvenirs and masks and 'chinoiseries' in the very same house. These items will return in his paintings and sketches. The House will give you a good idea of a bourgeois family of the 19th century and also a taste of... More

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Stafford
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

A major figure in Belgian art, Ensor isn't as well-known in Britain but this loving recreation of his home and studio with audio-visual is well worth a visit.

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Scotland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Ensor was an important artist whose paintings varied greatly in style. His house shows a certain conservatism but there are unexpected details which speak of expressionism Entrance fee is miniscule, and there is a reasonable shop. The long film about his life and work is in Flemish, but worth seeing. Yes, painting are reproductions, but artists painted to sell, so... More

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very friendly staff and a most interesting place to learn about the life and works of this very good artist. It would have bee nice to see some original owrk there instead of in the art gallery. Good admissiomn price

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

If you like weird things don't miss this house. The man must have been on something to do the paintings and strange masks etc. probably LSD!

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Bredene
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Not really impressed had expected more of it but after all it is only the house he used to live, impossible to find a lot of his paintings there

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London
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

James Ensor (d 1949) was a remarkable artist and evokes the spirit of pre-war Ostend. His house is the novelty and curiosity shop and living quarters above which he inherited from his uncle and where he spent the rest of his life. Some of it looks like he has only just stepped out, though it was greatly restored in the... More

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Berlin, Germany
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106 reviews 106 reviews
4 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

A nice little museum, where James Ensor lived and painted in Ostende. But art historians will be disappointed - almost no originals and the duplicates hanging on the walls not really of a high quality. But you get an idea of the athmosphere of the painters life...

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Bergen County, New Jersey
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120 reviews 120 reviews
60 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

Although it's attractively presented, this is a stage-set vision of how James Ensor's parents' shop/home might have looked. It's the actual building, but not all of the original furniture. And the ground-floor store (I mean his parents' store, not the museum gift shop!) merchandise that influenced his art consists of replicas. You might find a small temporary exhibit of drawings... More

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