Lot 591: James Ensor

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:43:46

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Lot 591: Belgian painter and printmaker (1860–1949) who was an important influence on expressionism and surrealism. ALS in French, one page, 8.75 x 10.75, personal letterhead, March 1931. Untranslated letter to Belgian author, filmmaker, and documentarian Henri Storck regarding a piece of music that Ensor had composed in 1923, and which Storck was hoping to use in one of his films. Partial separations to central vertical and horizontal folds, trivial creasing, and some chipping and paper loss to right edge, otherwise fine condition. Though best known for his artwork, Ensor was also an accomplished self-taught musician, composing his own pieces as early as 1905. Influenced by Ensor's surrealist paintings, the avant-garde filmmaker Storck incorporated many themes of Flemish expressionism into his own movies, and even depicted Ensor—a frequent visitor at the Storck household—in the 1931 short film Idyll at the Beach. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $3000-4000
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