Felicien Rops

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Felicien Rops
Felicien Rops, (born July 7, 1833, Namur, Belgium—died August 22, 1898, Essonnes, France), Belgian painter and graphic artist remembered primarily for his prints.

Rops attended the University of Brussels. His early work on student periodicals attracted the attention of publishers, and he began to produce illustrations, contributing some of his finest lithographs to the satirical journal Uylenspiegel in 1859–60. About 1860 he went to Paris, where he worked in the studio of Henri-Alfred Jacquemart. Returning to Brussels, he founded the short-lived International Society of Etchers. In 1865 he produced his famous “Absinthe Drinker” and in 1871 “Lady with the Puppet.”

After 1874 Rops lived in Paris, where he became a friend of the poet Charles Baudelaire. Devoting himself principally to illustrating books, he also published Cent croquis pour réjouir les honnêtes gens (“One Hundred Sketches to Delight Solid Citizens”). Among his notable book illustrations are those for Légendes flamandes (“Flemish Legends”), by C. de Coster; Jeune France (“Young France”), by Théophile Gautier; Les Diaboliques (Weird Women), by Barbey d’Aurevilly; Zadig, by Voltaire; and the poems of Stéphane Mallarmé. He joined the revolutionary art society of Les Vingt formed at Brussels in 1884.

Many of Rops’s etchings are erotic or pornographic in tone and depict an imaginary underworld or subjects of social decadence. Despite his peculiarities, Rops was a printmaker of brilliant technique and original content whose handling of dry point (etching directly on the plate) marks him as one of the masters of the medium. He was also one of the first modern etchers to revive the neglected medium of soft-ground etching, in which the etching ground is melted into and mixed with tallow, producing the effect of lines drawn with a soft pencil or chalk.

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La bronca

La ultima inquetud

La escoria

La mujer y el pelele con abanico


La muerte en el baile de mascaras


El orden reina en Varsovia

La bebedora de ajenjo


La mujer co quevedos

Los despojos

La medalla de Waterloo


Manette Salomon o parisina

Satan creando mounstros

Satan sembrando cizana


El senorito borracho


La vieja historia


Vieja de Amberes

Los bajos fondos

El final del surco

Flores y frutas. Melon maduro y camelia marchita

La pena de muerte


La ultima maja

La venganza de una mujer


Un senor y una senora




La Buveuse d'absinthe, 1877

Human Parody