"the living image of an etching by Rops"


 Félicien Rops (1833 – 1898) was a Belgian artist and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Société Libre des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.  He began his career whilst still a student, drawing satirical caricatures of politicians and public figures which were published in a student newspaper.  He later formed a deeply significant friendship with Charles Baudelaire, and created a frontispiece for the poet’s ‘Les Épaves.  Rops is considered to be a Symbolist.