Fernand Khnopff grew up in Bruges, a city that will deeply mark his work with the seal of nostalgia and regret for an ideal city. In 1876, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts. There he met Jean Delville and James Ensor. In 1883, he was one of the founding members of the avant-garde Brussels group Les Vingt, whose monogram he designed. Marguerite, the admired sister, was his main model. From 1902 to 1904, he remembers his Bruges childhood and composes numerous works based on his chosen city. In order to create certain works, he takes photographs beforehand, notably of his sister. For example, the portraits of the seven women tennis players in the large pastel painting Memories, created for the Paris Universal Exhibition, are based on numerous shots of Marguerite. In addition, he had some of his works photographed by the Brussels photographer Albert-Edouard Drains. The latter makes platinotype prints of them that Khnopff enhances with pastels and coloured pencils.