He's more than just a footnote in They Might Be Giants' lengthy songbook ("Meet James Ensor, Belgium's famous painter / Dig him up and shake his hand / Understand the man"), he was also a turn-of-the-century genius of the canvas, an agoraphobic mama's boy and one hilariously morbid dude. Obsessed with death, bizarre masks and skeletons, we wanted to share some of Ensor's skeletal work with all of you.
Skeletons Trying to Warm Themselves, 1889
My Portrait in the Year 1960, 1888
More after the jump!
The Skeleton Painter, 1886
Why the obsession with death? We can only speculate, but we think Ensor's personal business card says it all -- and also that he didn't take himself too seriously: