Khnopff: The Abandoned City

Fernand Khnopff: The Abandoned City – 1904 Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels In common with Burne-Jones, Khnopff experienced a profound nostalgia for the Medieval world. For Khnopff this anti-materialistic, nostalgic yearning was centred on Bruges, home to a glorious artistic past and the city where he spent his early childhood. The city had lost its […]

Khnopff: Who Shall Deliver Me

Fernand Khnopff: Who Shall Deliver Me (Christina Georgina Rossetti) – 1891 ‘Who Shall Deliver Me’ is the title of the poem by Christina Rossetti from which Khnopff chose the line ‘I Lock the Door upon Myself’ for the title of his most famous painting, now in the Neue Pinakothek in Munich. A committed anglophile, Khnopff was […]

Khnopff: I Lock The Door Upon Myself

Fernand Khnopff: I Lock the Door Upon Myself – 1891 Munich, Neue Pinakothek In the 1890’s Khnopff regularly visited Britain and established friendships with G.F. Watts, Edward Burne-Jones and their circle. The title of the painting is a quotation from a Christina Rossetti poem. “God strengthen me to bear myself; That heaviest weight of all to […]