Tuesday, June 14, 2011
What's the best remedy for a week that's left you a little out of sorts?
A quick road trip to the coast of everyone's favorite county-without-a-government for sun, buckets of moules et frites, and lots of girl talk.
There was also a quick detour to James Ensor's house, the 19th century flemish artist who lived and died in Oostende.
You see, when I was 16, my dad showed me Ensor's famous painting 'Christ Entering Brussels' during a visit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. And believe it or not, it was seeing this piece that planted the seed that studying the history of art could actually be, really quite fun.
You better believe it was just as wonderful to see that this artist, with his quirky, crazy paintings, was just a colorful in his day-to-day life. And I bet he was a phenomenal dinner guest.