An Angel, Fernand Khnopff
Fernand Khnopff
An Angel
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Fernand Khnopff

An Angel, 1889


Bild
27.0 x 15.1 cm
Gesamtmaß
28.1 x 15.1 cm
Physical Description
Silver bromide gelatine print mounted on carton and coloured pencil over a photography of a drawing by Khnopff
Inventory Number
St.F.108
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The serious-looking angel and the seductive sphinx are an odd couple. But there is no discord in this hierarchical relationship: with a delightful smile, the hybrid creature acknowledges the touch of the guardian angel, who is beginning to merge into the background. Khnopff’s photograph depicts a harmonious coexistence of ideal and nature, represented by the figures. By hand-colouring a photograph of his work, he turned a reproduction into an artwork in its own right.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
An Angel
Photographer
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Silver bromide gelatine print mounted on carton and coloured pencil over a photography of a drawing by Khnopff
Material
Technique
Captions Added Later
Signiert auf einem unten links angeklebten Streifen: Handschriftlich: Fernand Khnopff

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011. Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Medial Picture Elements
  • Ferdinand Khnopff: Avec Verhaeren. Un ange, 1889, Kreide und Weißhöhngen auf Papier, 33,1 x 19,8 cm, Privatsammlung

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22.10.2020