Angst on a Shoestring

Monday, April 03, 2006

 

Found, whilst browsing..

I stumbled into this site:
Fin de Siècle

If you're into Fin de Siècle, which is Symbolist Art from the late 19th Century.
The site's description:
Welcome to a website dedicated to a generation of dreamers. Much neglected by contemporary scholarship and art connoiseurship, symbolist art artists of the late 19th century pioneered modernism, probed the newly acknowledged Freudian subconscious, and chased elusive and forbidden pleasures - all the while struggling to catch the dying gasp of Beauty.

Artists like Arnold Böcklin, Paul Gauguin, Gustav Klimt, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes are represented. It is a feast for the eyes.



Self -Portrait with Masks, Oil 1899
And they have James Ensor!

(yes, this is where I post They Might Be Giants salute to James Ensor)



Meet James Ensor by They Might be Giants, on John Henry


Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man

Before there were junk stores
Before there was junk
He lived with his mother and the torments of Christ
The world was transformed
A crowd gathered round
Pressed against his window so they could be the first

To meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Raise a glass and sit and stare
Understand the man

He lost all his friends
He didn't need his friends
He lived with his mother and repeated himself
The world has forgotten
The world moved along
The crowd at his window went back to their homes

Meet James Ensor
Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man

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