Ensor in the collection of the Print Room, KBR (Brussels)

02/06/22 > 04/09/22

The Print Room of KBR (Brussels) manages the largest collection of paper works in Belgium. Among them are documents from the 16th to the 20th century. In addition to drawings collected for their documentary or topographical character, the Print Room also owns masterpieces by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Peter Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens, to name just a few.


Thanks to donations, acquisitions and loans, both Belgian and foreign, the existing gaps are gradually being eliminated. Various funds from the collection of the Print Room are brought to the attention through KBR publications. Among the drawings, there are also recent acquisitions from various schools and periods. The Print Room also holds a large and varied collection of prints by James Ensor, as well as works on paper or panel, covering his entire career: landscapes, portraits, satirical scenes, studies and sketches. The centrepieces are, without a doubt, the two panel drawings: Belgium in the Nineteenth Century (1889/1890) and The Roman Triumph (1890). He also engraved an etching of both subjects.