Félicien Rops, Baudelaire, the Satanic and the Modern

Félicien Rops (1833-1898) was a Belgian artist and printmaker famous for his risque works and dark, satanic depictions. It should come as no surprise then to learn that he was an acquaintance and disciple of the French decadent poet Charles Baudelaire. The overall impression I get is of a subversive artist seeking to display the hypocrisies of his age, a sort of visual interpretation of Baudelaire’s own exclamation “Hypocrite lecteur, — mon semblable, — mon frère!” (Hypocrite reader, my double, by twin!) Perhaps he had a brother after all.

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