Friday, October 30

James Ensor's "The Bath of Ostends" and Where is Waldo?

Is it me or The Baths of Ostend. 1890 by James Ensor looks like "Where is Waldo?" The scholar and serious critics of the post below will surely both haunt me tomorrow.


Donato Azevedo said...

incredible... I was just reading a Brazilian publication called SERROTE (chainsaw in English) that portrayed an essay on the niilism of the works of James Ensor. I glanced at the reproduction of les bains d'ostend and at the very same instant I recalled where is waldo at the beach...

It just goes to prove that there are no more new ideas on the web! everything has already been thought of! hahahaha

Ana said...

Hi Donato!
I didn't find this edition that claims that Ensor is a nihilist.
I don't see nihilism at Ensor's work and I have already read some sociological approaches that puts at the same bag artists whose ideas and work are very diverse. Ensor's work is far more complex than that and putting a label to his work is not very productive. He thought about God and I do't think those who claim that he is a nihilism like it. :)
The fact that you have thought about "Where is Waldo" when you first saw this piece only shows that you did notice the structure of both "drawings" and not that everything has already been though. We are not creating any new concept here and this is not a new thesis.
As far as I am concern I don't have any new idea, no new theory, no brand new way to tell about any artist or their work.
I only show other people's work at this blog and I don't use any kind of philosophy, or critical method to talk about them and I left behind the luggage and carry a tiny purse.
This is the work of those who are teachers, critics or like to use art, literature, architecture, screenplays, sayings, proverbs comics... whatever to illustrate their ideas.

"I see no evolution," Ensor said, pursing his lips. "I see nothing but a great uncertainty. And inquietude above all."

"Christ," Ensor repeated, "is a very great figure. People have thought a great deal about this figure. The Christ is an inescapable symbol."
James Ensor

I do worse than critics: I mix and match high, low, medium and whatever comes to my mind.
I don't think you read the post I did about Ensor and Halloween.