"Ensor, the great Ensor, his monolithic canvas: The Foolish Virgins"

 

Another invented title, but again, feasible.  Baron James Sidney Edouard Ensor (1860-1949) was born in Belgium to an English father and Flemish mother.  He was both innovative and socially engaged – much of his work has satirical tones – and occasionally controversial.  Elements of Carnival and the grotesque are also seen in his work; particularly fascinating when combined the religious elements he often explored.  His parents had been shopkeepers by the seaside and sold toys, masks and souvenirs; all of these appear in his work.  He also depicted skeletons, and dressed real ones in his studio to ‘model’ for him.  Somewhat chilling considering what is in the Marquis’ dungeon…