10 Apr 2012

OUR WORLD - Ostende James Ensor

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Last week while I went with Dominique to our friend Nicole in Ostend, she showed us the place where James Ensor the Belgian painter has lived most of his life and was burried in the little graveyard of the Maria Kerke church. His father was English and his mother Belgian. In 1929 he was named a Baron by King Albert I.

The Maria kerke (church) history and pictures) and Ensors grave

Beautiful ceiling paintings

The Altar

a typical old confessional

The house or rather doll house of his friend the painter Maurice Boel is just a few meters away.

He lived in this house together with 8 daughters, 6 sons and his wife of course. I wonder how they all found a place to sleep ?

The side of the house and the entrance door. It's still a private property and not open for visitors.

After our visit we rested a little in the sunshine

and then walked back along the sea


Sylvia K said...

What a terrific, interesting post for the day, Gattina! And such great captures! Looks like a place I would really enjoy visiting! Hope your week is off to a good start! Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful church. Looks like you all had a wonderful day.

Jim said...

Great shots of your world.

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful day...beautiful church...and your dog looks like my dog!!!

Randi said...

Terrific captures of an interesting place.

Jo said...

Fantastic post, and lovely photos. I wonder indeed how the painter and his large family fitted into that little doll's house. I hope you're enjoying a warm-up in weather. Hugs Jo

eileeninmd said...

Gattina, great post. The church is beautiful and the doll house is cute. And I love the Golden Retriever doggie. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing your day. Have a wonderful week!

Maribeth said...

Wonderful pictures! What a great trip!

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

The church is exquisite. I must admit I do not know the work of these two painters. I will be googling them and learning more.

I must visit Oostende on a future visit to Belgium

A Lady's Life said...

Wonderful post church and history. So much to learn from where you live.

EG CameraGirl said...

What an interesting place to visit, Gattina!

Reader Wil said...

Wonderful informative post, Gattina!
I have learnt something new! Have a great week!

Wil, ABC Wednesday Team.

Ann said...

8 daughters, 6 sons, wow!!! my parents had 6 daughters and 3 sons. We all shared rooms.

You comment about the nets being too small is a good one. I think the birds were just flying wild to frentically get out. But I didn't dare to be busy body. May be they should every not and then release the brids .

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

What a nice post -- beautiful pictures...and I learned a lot. I wonder about that little house too -- wow.

Jenny said...

What a beautiful place to visit! it's amazing how little space people actually need, isn't it?

Cezar and Léia said...

Nice collection of pics here. Hard to imagine that many people living crammed up in the small house. I guess the guy could say "I'm very close to my family"... :)
And I'm delighted to see that you did visit and photographed a church! :)))
God bless you!