Félicien Rops

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Rops, Félicien


Born July 7, 1833, in Namur; died Aug. 23, 1898, in Essonnes, near Paris. Belgian graphic artist and painter.

Rops received his artistic training at the St. Luke Workshop in Brussels. In 1865 he moved to France, where he was influenced by Daumier, the impressionists, and Toulouse-Lautrec. A master of lithography and etching, Rops experimented extensively with color lithography. His works included political cartoons, cartoons dealing with customs and etiquette, and illustrations. He is best known for his allegorical compositions, which combined naturalistic erotic scenes with pretentious mystical symbolism. His symbolism unfailingly included the motifs of masks, harlequins, death, and sphynxes.


Brison, C. F. Rops. Paris, 1971.
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In Times of Change: Modern art in Belgium, 1880- 1950 [Exhibition of works by James Sidney Ensor, Constant Permeke, Rene Magritte, Felicien Rops, Gustave Van de Woestijne, Rik Wouters and Leon Spilliaert from the KBC Collection] - Until January 10
In this way, "Endless Forms" unites world-renowned masterpieces by artists such as Degas, Turner, Ctzanne, Monet, Landseer, and Edwin Church, with intriguing works by fascinating, lesser-known artists such as Liljefors and Felicien Rops.
Personally, I am interested in the Belgian artists Felicien Rops and Rene Magritte who have museums dedicated to their work in, respectively, Namur and Brussels.
Then there's Felicien Rops, the mid-nineteenth-century poet-pornographer and proto-Symbolist - a key influence on Baudelaire, as well as on de Cordier, it would seem: Works such as Pneumatic Landscape, and Still Life, 1995, a similar drawing whose phallo-vulvic configuration, above an echt-Flemish landscape with a base featuring the words fontaine d'encre ("inkwell"), are nothing if not Ropsian, in humorous content and obscene form alike.
Hosted by the Zeniths Gallery at 2 Slavyanska Str (in the headquarters of Cibank), the exhibition will display works by Ensor, Permeke, Magritte, Felicien Rops, Gustave Van de Woestijne, Rik Wouters and Leon Spilliaert from the KBC Collection.