Nature and the Ideal in Khnopff's Avec Verhaeren: Un Ange and Art, or the Caresses

Cole, Brendan
September 2009
Art Bulletin;Sep2009, Vol. 91 Issue 3, p325
Academic Journal
The article discusses the work of Fernand Khnopff, a Belgian painter of the Symbolist school. It focuses on two of his works which feature female sphinxes: "Avec Verhaeren: Un ange" from 1889 and "Art, or the Caresses" from 1896. The ways in which Khnopff used positive and negative images of women to illustrate dualism in the context of idealist metaphysics are analyzed. It is said that Khnopff, like many Symbolist artists, was interested in the reconciliation of opposites, as discussed in the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer


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