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“Ensor and Ostend are inseperable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of James Ensor House (James Ensorhuis)

James Ensor House (James Ensorhuis)
Vlaanderenstraat 27, Ostend, Belgium
059/80-53-35
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Ranked #19 of 32 things to do in Ostend
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“Ensor and Ostend are inseperable”
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 '70s. Reproductions of his work have great impact on display in rooms in which he lived, including a stunning front parlour with period furnishings. See the house it to better understand a seminal figure in Belgian surrealism of the last century.

Visited September 2011
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“Nice little museum”
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...

Visited February 2012
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“Modest taste of artist's life”
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 or prints by another artist of the 20th Century. And I saw two or three minor drawings and prints by Ensor, no more. There are no paintings by James Ensor here. The enlarged prints that serve as murals are not very well done. His major paintings (in public collections, that is) are in Brussels and Antwerp. There are several Ensor paintings elsewhere in Osteende, at the Mu.ZEE . Since 2008, Mu.ZEE has supervised the operation of the Ensor House. But the Ensor House is not, by itself, worth the trip to Osteende.

I took the oceanfront tram to Our Lady Of The Dunes, a charming old church beside which is Ensor's tomb. That was the most satisfactory stop on my Ensor pilgrimage!

Visited June 2011
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