Fernand Khnopff - symbolist artist from a world elsewhere
|The Sphinx or The Caresses|
|Who shall deliver me?|
His work is characterised by two types of women - sphinxes and angels. Mystery lingers in the paintings, a mystery of inaccessible women in a state of idle contemplation, or surrounded by objects filled with symbolism. A symbolism, in the words of Edmond-Louis de Taeye in 1898 'not religious, nor Christian, nor mythological, but emblematic'.