Felicien Rops

La Temptation de Saint Antoine

Félicien Rops was a Belgian artist, known primarily as a printmaker in etching and aquatint. Rops often combined soft-ground etching—a technique practiced by few artists of his day—with mezzotint or aquatint, and sometimes added hand-coloring to his plates. His etchings were popular, and influenced many younger artists, including Symbolists such as Edvard Munch and Max Klinger.

Rops met Charles Baudelaire towards the end of the poet’s life in 1864, and Baudelaire left an impression upon him that lasted until the end of his days. Rops created the frontispiece for Baudelaire’s Les Épaves, a selection of poems from Les Fleurs du mal that had been censored in France, and which therefore were published in Belgium. His association with Baudelaire and with the art he represented won his work the admiration of many other writers, including Théophile Gautier, Alfred de Musset, Stéphane Mallarmé, Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, and Joséphin Péladan. He was closely associated with the literary movement of Symbolism and Decadence.

Like the works of the authors whose poetry he illustrated, his work tends to mingle sex, death, and Satanic images. According to Edith Hoffmann, the “erotic or frankly pornographic” nature of much of Rops’s work “is at least partly due to the attraction these subjects had for a provincial artist who never forgot his first impressions of Paris”.

Woman on a Rocking Horse
Woman on a Rocking Horse
Tranformism
Tranformism
The Werewolf
The Werewolf
The Satanic Removal
The Satanic Removal
Les Sataniques: The Sacrifice
Les Sataniques: The Sacrifice
Accouplement Préhistorique - Chasse à la Femelle
Accouplement Préhistorique – Chasse à la Femelle
St Therese
St Therese
Serre Fesse
Serre Fesse
Selbstverliebt
Selbstverliebt

Felicien Rops

Pornokratès
Pornokratès
Parodie Humaine
Parodie Humaine

Felicien Rops

Messe Noire
Messe Noire
Les Sataniques: L'Idole
Les Sataniques: L’Idole
Le Beau Paon
Le Beau Paon
La Sieste
La Sieste
La Temptation de Saint Antoine
La Temptation de Saint Antoine
Hermafrodita
Hermafrodita
Confidence
Confidence
At a Dinner of Atheists
At a Dinner of Atheists
Agonie
Agonie

Felicien Rops

Felicien Rops

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