Arts Everyday Living: Lost Loves in Art—The Narcissistic Kiss?

 

 

 

LOST LOVES IN ART:

MY HEART CRIES FOR THE PAST

Bruges

Fernand Khnopff, My Heart Cries for the Past, 1889, pencil, color crayon and white chalk, Private Collection

Belgian painter Fernand Khnopff (1858-1921) is recognized today as having influenced the works of his contemporary Gustav Klimtt, creator of the iconic The Kiss.  Yet, how many of us know Khnoffi’s version, My Heart Cries for the Past,* done in 1889, some twenty years before? Where instead of depicting the rhapsody of two lovers, the artist envisions  a woman absorbed in her own reflection. Entranced by the mirror of nostalgia, she seeks to resurrect long ago passion not by recalling her former amour, but the narcissistic image of her own face.

*My Heart Cries for the Past was dedicated by Khnopff to poet Gregoire Le Roy (1862-1941); the setting is the medieval city of Bruges, Belgium, where the artist spent part of his childhood.

 

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

 

 

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