KHNOPFF, Fernand
(b. 1858, Termonde, d. 1921, Bruxelles)

After Flaubert. The Temptation of St Anthony

Gouache, oil and charcoal on paper, 85 x 85 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

"After Flaubert", indebted to the striking light effects and rich impastos of Moreau's work of the 1870s and Gustave Flaubert's novel La Tentation de Saint Antoine (1874), marked Khnopff's lifelong fascination with literature. It explores evocative expression, which, along with his association with the Jeune Belgique literary movement, put Khnopff in the Symbolist camp.

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