Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889

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Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889
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Artist James Ensor
Year 1888
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 253 cm × 431 cm (99.5 in × 169.5 in)
Location J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889 (also known as Entry of Christ into Brussels; French: L'Entrée du Christ à Bruxelles) is an 1888 painting by James Ensor and is considered his most famous work and was a precursor to Expressionism.


The painting was rejected by Les XX, and not exhibited until 1929 . It was shown at his studio in his lifetime.[1]

It was exhibited at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp from 1947 to 1983, Kunsthaus Zürich from 1983 to 1987. It showed at a retrospective in 1976 at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Guggenheim Museum.[2]

The painting is on permanent exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.[3] The painting is one of just three recently selected by Stefan Jonsson to explicate the history of democracy and socialism over a period of two centuries, and how "the masses" are perceived.[4]


  1. ^ "Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889". Getty Museum. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Leonard, Mark; Lippincott, Louise (Summer 1995). "James Ensor's Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889: Technical Analysis, Restoration, and Reinterpretation". 54. Conservation and Art History Art Journal: 18–27. JSTOR 777458. 
  3. ^ "Great Works: Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 1888". The Independent. 16 September 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jonsson, Stefan (2008). A brief history of the masses: three revolutions. New York: Columbia University Press. pp. 65–117. ISBN 978-0-231-14526-8. 

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