Fernand Khnopff, Jeanne Kéfer, 1885. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center

A little girl stands outside in front of a closed door. She clutches her coat and stares directly forward. Cool Northern light permeates this little portrait by Fernand Khnopff, a leading artist of the Belgian branch of late nineteenth-century Symbolism. Jeanne hesitates as she presses against the door, looking out at the world quietly, thoughtfully. I chose this painting because I like the inherent metaphor for the pause between childhood and adulthood, and the resistance between the two.

Elizabeth Darocha Berenz, Artstor Senior Implementation Manager