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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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Self-Portrait




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
 
 
 

 
 
 
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