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    ensorA private collection of 78 prints by Belgian artist James Ensor, one of the most comprehensive of its kind ever at auction, will come up at Sotheby’s in London on September 27. The sale precedes Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans, an upcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts from October 29 to January 29. This will present the first major showing of Ensor’s work to be held in the UK in 20 years. Ensor’s reputation as a painter of carnivals and crowds – “the painter of masks” – has perhaps overshadowed his extraordinary achievements in printmaking. The broad range of subject matter encompasses delicate landscapes, townscapes and seascapes, celebrated self-portraits and sardonic portraits of politicians, religious and fantastical scenes. It is estimated to make a combined total in excess of £300,000 in Sotheby’s sale of Prints and Multiples.

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