The Game Warden, Fernand Khnopff
Fernand Khnopff
The Game Warden
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Fernand Khnopff

The Game Warden, 1883

151 x 176.5 cm
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Oil on canvas
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Acquired in 1926 as a gift from Walther Ratenau’s mother in Memory of her son
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 6


About the Work

The landscapes the Belgian Symbolist Khnopff painted around Fosset in the Ardennes at different times of his life are mostly deserted. This painting, too, seems strangely lifeless, in spite of the presence of the game warden. Seemingly withdrawn, he is standing stiff as a board in the meadow. As if he had been added to the unspectacular setting with hindsight, he is not even casting a shadow. This shows that the artist was concerned not with the representation of exterior reality but with inner awareness.

About the Acquisition

At the request of Mathilde Rathenau (1845-1926), a native of Frankfurt, a number of paintings were presented to the Städel in 1926 in memory of her son Walther Rathenau (1867-1922). Walther Rathenau, an industrialist and one of the co-founders of the German Democratic Party, was appointed foreign minister in January 1922. In June of that year he was assassinated in Berlin by the Organisation Consul, whose aim was to fight the Weimar Constitution.

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KunstIStück – Fernand Khnopff: Der Jagdaufseher
Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Fernand Khnopff: Der Jagdaufseher, 1883, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main.

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