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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Harry Rutten's holdings of some 150 works by Goya, Munch, and Felicien Rops (pictured) form the core of the collection, and these are shown alongside graphic artists from Belgium and Antwerp.
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
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.
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.
Take a stroll down Rue Fumal, with its Felicien Rops museum which celebrates the most famous artist to come out of Namur, a man whose outrageously sexual images shocked even 19th Century Paris.
Conformement a la predilection de la Decadence pour le corrompu, le recours a l'embleme chez l'artiste Felicien Rops temoigne de la survivance de l'esprit emblematique et des capacites transcendantes de l'obscurite.
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.
All the greats are represented, from Felicien Rops and James Ensor to Paul Delvaux.