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Khnopff - Jeanne Kéfer 11" x 14" Matted Print

  • This matted print captures one of the paintings in the collection of The J. Paul Getty Museum.

    - Overall print size (including custom cut mat board): 11 inches x 14 inches
    - Item #: MPR90

    Fernand Khnopff depicted the daughter of a composer friend on a porch before a closed door, with her tiny thumb catching the edge of her bow as she reaches into her coat. With this small gesture, Khnopff captured the child's vulnerability and uncertainty in facing the outside world. To further evoke a child's perception of a world scaled for grown-ups, he framed Jeanne Kéfer's tiny body against the adult-sized door and tilted the floor ever so slightly. Jeanne is further isolated by the free, abstract brushwork in the reflective door window behind her. Typical for Khnopff, Jeanne is not warm and inviting but cut off in the shallow background, a fixed haunting gaze on her face. Khnopff became a popular society portrait painter in the 1880s, using elements that served him well as an avant-garde Symbolist painter: visual realism and a mood of silence, isolation, and reverie. He frequently posed his models leaning against a closed door, flattening the space and resulting in a meditative, hermetically sealed image.

    Fernand Khnopff (Belgian, 1858 - 1921)
    Jeanne Kéfer, 1885
    Oil on canvas
    80 × 80 cm (31 1/2 × 31 1/2 in.)
    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles