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Object Lesson: When James Ensor turned to skeletons and satire
Object Lesson: When James Ensor turned to skeletons and satire

Of the more than 100 paintings, etchings and drawings in the Getty Museum's sprawling exhibition devoted to 19th century painter James Ensor, "Skeleton Looking at Chinoiserie" is the sort of work that you just might miss if you cruise through the galleries a little too quickly. It's small, with muddy colors. In a show filled with bright, reverberating, practically hallucinatory works, it comes off as dim.   "The interior setting kind of evokes traditional genre paintings -- Dutch interiors," says Getty paintings curator Scott Allan, who organized the show. "But it's painted in a rough way. It almost looks unresolved or incomplete." In...

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