Monday, December 20, 2010

Fernand Khnopff

Belgium was one of the nerve centres of the Symbolist movement and Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) was certainly one of the leading Belgian Symbolists.

His favourite model, his sister Marguerite, figures in some of his most disturbing and enigmatic pictures. She encapsulated perfectly his slightly conflicted view of women.

Khnopff was influenced by the English Pre-Raphaelites and knew several of them personally, including Burne-Jones.

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