About This Artwork

Fernand Khnopff
Belgian, 1858-1921

The Veil, c. 1887

Charcoal and graphite with stumping on ivory wove paper, laid down on wood pulp board
400 x 210 mm

Through prior bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1990.445

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Turin, Italy, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, "Il Sacro e il Profano," 1969, cat. 242; also traveled to The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, November1-November 26, 1969, cat. 219.

London, Piccadilly Gallery, "Symbolists 1860-1925," June 2-July 4, 1970, cat. 38.

Eastbourne, Towner Art Gallery, "Symbolists," 1970.

New York, Spencer A. Samuels, "Symbolists," 1970, cat. 79.

Paris, "F. Khnopff," 1979-1980, cat. 16; also traveled to Brussels and Hamburg.

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Québec, Canada: "Lost Paradise: Symbolist Europe", June 8-October 15, 1995.

Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, "Fernand Khnopff", January 16-May 2, 2004; and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada, June 2-September 5, 2004, cat. 58, reprod. p. 126.

New York, The Frick Collection, "From Pontormo to Seurat: Drawings Recently Acquired by The Art Institute of Chicago," April 23-July 7, 1991, n.p., cat. 54; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, September 10, 1991-January 5, 1992.

Publication History

Francine C. Legrand, Le Symbolisme en Belgique (Brussels, 1971), p. 56, pl. 29.

John Milner, Symbolists and Decadents (London, 1971), p. 103 (ill.).

Robert L. Delevoy, Journal du Symbolisme (Geneva, 1977), p. 86 (ill.).

Robert L. Delevoy, Catherine de Croës, Gisele Ollinger-Zinque, Fernand Khnopff (Brussels, 1987), p. 239, no. 105 (ill.).

Ownership History

Marguerite Freson-Khnopff, Liège [Delevoy, de Croës and Ollinger-Zinque 1987]. Bernard Thibaud de Maisières, Brussels, by 1969 [Toronto 1969]. Galerie L’Ecuyer, Brussels [Delevoy, de Croës and Ollinger-Zinque 1987]. The Piccadilly Gallery, London, 1970 [Delevoy, de Croës and Ollinger-Zinque 1987]. Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris [Delevoy, de Croës and Ollinger-Zinque 1987]. Private collection, Paris, by 1980 [Hamburg 1980]. Sold by Dorset Enterprises Ltd., London, to the Art Institute, 1990.

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