Girl with Masks (Communion), James Ensor
James Ensor
Girl with Masks (Communion)
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James Ensor

Girl with Masks (Communion), 1921


Dimensions
57.2 x 52.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 465
Acquisition
Acquired in 1930
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

This painting by the Belgian artist James Ensor has no storyline and leaves many questions unanswered. What is on the girl’s mind? Is she holding a torn flower wreath in her hands? The alternative title, ‘Communion’ – which was probably not chosen by Ensor himself – leads us to assume that the scene shows the girl at her first communion. Yet the festive mood of the Christian celebration is contradicted by her rigid gaze and the grotesque masks. Her mouth is open in a silent scream.

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Title
Girl with Masks (Communion)
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Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert oben rechts in Weiß: ENSOR 99

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1930

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Last update

04.08.2020