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Fernand Khnopff
ÉTUDE POUR 'LE SANG DE MÉDUSE'
Estimation
60 00080 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
257
Fernand Khnopff
ÉTUDE POUR 'LE SANG DE MÉDUSE'
Estimation
60 00080 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Impressionist & Modern Works on Paper
Including Pablo Picasso: 26 Drawings from the Berggruen Sketchbook

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Fernand Khnopff
1858 - 1921
ÉTUDE POUR 'LE SANG DE MÉDUSE'
signed Fernand Khnopff (lower left)
black crayon and coloured crayons on paper 
21.5 by 14.5cm., 8 3/8 by 5 5/8 in.
Executed in 1898.
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Provenance

Barry Friedman Ltd., New York

Exposition

Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Fernand Khnopff, 1979-80
New York, Brooklyn Museum (on loan)
New York, The Brooklyn Museum, Belgian Art 1880-1914, 1980, no. 36
Chicago, David and Alfred Smart Gallery; New York, Barry Friedman Ltd. and Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum, Fernand Khnopff and the Belgian Avant-garde, 1984, no. 20
Vienna, Künstlerhaus, Zauber der Medusa, 1987, no. 23
Brugge, Stichting Sint-Jan and Kunstcentrum oud Sint-Jan Bruikleengever, Van realism tot symbolism, 1995, no. 39

Bibliographie

Michel Draguet, Khnopff ou l'ambigu poétique, 1995, no. 80, p. 75
Robert L. Delvoy, Catherine De Croës and Gisèle Ollinger-Zinque, Fernand Khnopff, Brussels, 1987, no. 317bis, p. 450

Description

Executed in 1898, this exquisitely coloured study was made in preparation for Khnopff's iconic Le sang de Méduse or Tête de Méduse of the same year (fig. 1). A lithograph of the composition was also printed in five examples. 

Describing the composition, Michael Sagroske notes Khnopff's use of his source: 'the mythological figure is equipped with its characteristic attributes: the severed head, the snakes, and, under the bloodless neck, the rearing and ascending Pegasus is portrayed. The face, which forms the wide-set curve of an oval, takes up a better part of the sheet and is cut off at the forehead, just above the eyebrows, by the upper edge. [...] In its rigidity and lack of emotion, the face recalls a mask rather than a creature recently killed..' (M. Sagroske, in Fernand Khnopff (exhibition catalogue), Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, 2004, p. 57).

FIG. 1, Le sang de Méduse, Coloured crayons on paper, 21.2 by 13.4cm., Private Collection

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Including Pablo Picasso: 26 Drawings from the Berggruen Sketchbook

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