James Ensor at Met Museumhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/museums/skeletons-and-pickled-herring/724/
In the mid-1880s, what would become signature motifs began creeping into his sketches and compositions. He lived in the beach resort town of Ostend where his family owned a souvenir shop that sold masks. These loaded narrative devices, and skeletons, would become trademarks of his paintings. The artist also created political satire and cutting commentary in the late 1880s. Although he was clearly facile with traditional technique, he often chose a deliberately naïve style of composition that proved highly effective, as in his Boschian beach scenes or a canvas chock-filled with masks and his own face.