Fernand Khnopff - Memories, 1889, Musee Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.
A mirror image has commonly symbolized art because both are mimetic, representing the sensible world. In light of Khnopff’s neo-Platonic belief that human passions are elevated through their abstract expression, it may be that in With Gregoire Leroy. My Heart Cries For Other Times the artist intends us to question whether the reflection is an illusion or an emblem of the soul. There is more to this image than narcissism just as there is more to contemplating the past than nostalgia.
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