Crowdfunding campaign for the restoration of a special work by James Ensor

Published on 03.04.2024

KBR and RMFAB are launching a crowdfunding campaign for the restoration of an extraordinary work by James Ensor.


Your support is crucial to accelerate the restoration of the Rousseau album, a unique album by James Ensor. This extraordinary piece of heritage contains the intimate correspondence between the Belgian artist James Ensor and the Rousseau family. 

The Rousseau Album

This album of drawings and illustrated letters dates from 1883 and is part of the collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB). Exceptionally exhibited at the "James Ensor. Inspired by Brussels", it had not been shown since the monographic exhibitions at the MoMA in New York and Musée d'Orsay in Paris in 2009-2010.

The album includes works in watercolor, pencil, charcoal and pen and ink on paper. Mariette Rousseau, a close friend of Ensor's, meticulously collected the drawings and letters in an album. It is problematic that both the paper on which they are fixed and paper that separates the sheets have become acidified. The binding is also partially detached. Als the condition of the album is deteriorating by the day, it urgently needs restoration.

Contributions will be collected until June 2, 2024.

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An initiative of KBR, in collaboration with the RMFAB.



Drawing by James Ensor from the album of drawings and illustrated letters known as the "Rousseau album", 1883. Collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. © KBR

This drawing is hidden on the back of one of the letters. It depicts a lock in the shape of a heart, with the silhouettes of Mariette and James, who is holding its key in his hand.