FERNAND KHNOPFF / Belgium symbolist

How to spend the 100 hazy lazy days of summer……….catch up on my Art Books.

This was the first.  Fernand Khnopff.………born in 1858……painter of symbols and allegories.

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Fernand felt that painting was an inquiry into the meaning hidden in the “soul of things”.

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Two of my favorites artists are Dante Gabriele Rossetti and Burne-Jones………..and Fernand was greatly influenced by both of them.

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The style of the “Pre-Raphaelites” is so apparent in this drawing.

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In 1892 he exhibited in Paris at the first Salon de la Rose and Croix.

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He studied at the Académie des Beaux -Arts in Brussels under Xavier Mellery.

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This lavender is growing in a huge pot on my terrace……it’s scent wafting across the terrace.

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One of his most baffling allegories is “the Caresses”…….or “the Sphinx”….a revision of the story of Oedipus and the Sphinx.

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My next book for “terrace reading” is the poems of Christina G. Rossetti……whose themes of isolation and introspection were an influence of Fernand’s art work.

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