"Fernand Khnopff" by Michel Draguet

Fernand Khnopff Michel Draguet

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 Nov 2019
ISBN:
9780300246506
Imprint:
Mercatorfonds
Dimensions:
304 pages: 267 x 241mm
Illustrations:
210 color illus.

A comprehensive look at an important member of the artistic vanguard of late 19th- and early 20th-century Europe

In this beautifully illustrated book, Michel Draguet, an internationally recognized authority on fin-de-siècle art, offers an enlightening examination of the life and art of Belgian Symbolist painter Fernand Khnopff (1858–1921). Khnopff achieved widespread acclaim during his lifetime for his moody, dreamlike paintings, as well as his numerous commissioned portraits, designs for costumes and sets for the theater and opera, photography, sculpture, book illustrations, and writings. Khnopff was a reclusive personality, and in 1900 he focused his attention on the design and construction of a lavish, secluded home and studio in Brussels, a structure that became deeply entwined with the artist’s work and sense of self. Although the house was demolished in 1936, Draguet uses new archival research to reconstruct its spaces and explore the home as emblematic of the artist, guiding the reader through Khnopff’s very personal world and analyzing his art in the context of its generative surroundings.

Michel Draguet is professor of art history at the Université libre de Bruxelles and director general of the Musées royeaux des Beaux-Arts in Belgium.