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Félicien Rops

1833 Namur – 1898 Essones near Nantes

The Belgian printmaker and illustrator, Félicien Rops, was a co-founder in 1868 of the Société des Beaux Arts in Brussels and one of the pioneers of Belgian realism. He excelled as a pupil with his caricatures and in 1856 joined Charles de Coster in launching the journal Uylenspiegel, which rapidly made him well known thanks to his illustrations. In Paris, Rops immersed himself in the art of etching and together with his friend Armand Rassenfosse later devised a special form of soft-ground etching (vernis mou) which he called “ropsenfosse”.