"Squelette arrêtant masques" was painted in 1891, Ensor's most productive period. The work is mentioned by contemporaries but had not been seen by the public in over a century. It now appears that it was in the possession of the Serruys Family that was gifted the work by the painter.
"Squelette arrêtant masques" shows two skeletons detaining a masked individual. The presence of both masks and skeletons makes it rather unique.
The work has now been restored and will go on show at Sotheby’s in Brussels in two weeks’ time.