Fernand Khnopff (Belgian, 1858-1921)
Cinq illustrations pour 'Pelléas et Mélisande'
i) Elle est perdue
charcoal on paper, 21.3 x 15cm (8 3/8 x 5 7/8in).
ii) Je ne suis pas heureuse
pencil, pen and black ink on paper, 18.8 x 12.7cm (7 3/8 x 5in).
iii) Il ne faut pas l'inquiéter
pencil, pen and black ink on paper, 18.8 x 12.8cm (7 3/8 x 5 1/16in).
iv) Deux en-têtes (two on one sheet)
pencil, pen and black ink on paper, 11.3 x 14.1cm (4 7/16 x 5 9/16in).
Executed circa 1914
Together with M. Maeterlinck, Pelléas et Mélisande, limited edition, number 32 of 55 on Japanese paper, 5 lithographed plates hand-coloured in crayon, titled on corresponding tissue guards, unstitched as issued, uncut, dust jacket with some toning, in quarter cloth portfolio with defective slipcase, Brussels, Société de Bilblophiles, 1920. The limited editions number 1-50, of which this is one, were specially printed for members of the Société de Bibliophiles. This copy was printed for Monsieur Jacques Willems.
- Please note that these works were executed in 1920.
The authenticity of these works has kindly been confirmed by Madame Gisèle Ollinger-Zinque, who has provided the amended provenance and literature information below:
Hernig Leus d'Alost, Belgium.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 31 March 1982, lot 168a.
Purchased from the above by the present owner.
R. L. Delevoy, C. de Croës and G. Ollinger-Zinque, Fernand Khnopff, Brussels, 1987, no.623, p.489.