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Roses and Japanese Fan

Fernand Khnopff Belgian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 813

By downplaying indicators of depth, Khnopff transformed the shelf that supports the vase into an abstract stripe of blue against a crimson background. The Japanese fan and the pale pink, cream, and blue colors indicate the artist's admiration for the innovative style of James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). Whistler’s work was well-known among the artistic vanguard in Belgium, having been shown with the radical exhibition society Les XX in Brussels, which Khnopff helped found.

Roses and Japanese Fan, Fernand Khnopff (Belgian, Grembergen 1858–1921 Brussels), Oil on canvas

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