From 1887 onwards, masks gradually became the unmistakable trademark of James Ensor. He even called himself ‘the painter of masks’ in a number of signed works. The Intrigue (1890) presents a group of bizarre, fantastic and menacing maskers at a festively staged moment of a fictitious drama.
Explore our collection websites, which offer extensive contextual information on various topics in addition to an online collection.
Painting of the 15th and early 16th Century in the Southern Low Countries is a brilliant high point in the history of art. These painters are generally referred to as the 'Flemish primitives'.
The works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525/1530-1569) are part of several international museum collections and cover an extensive number of themes: the rustic and folkloric life, epic (winter) landscapes, seascapes and religious-moralistic or humanistic inspired works.
The website 'Baroque in the Southern Netherlands' opens up one of our most important art historical collections worldwide.
James Ensor (1860-1949) is a pioneer of modernism in Belgium. Discover the life and work of the artist.
George Minne (1866-1941) holds a distinct place in European symbolism as a sculptor, draftsman and graphic artist. Explore his fascinating oeuvre.