L’homme à la femme sauvage, circa 1878-1881
Signed, lower left with monogram FR
Pastel on paper
9 by 6-1/8 inches (22.9 by 15.6 cm.)
Félicien Victor Joseph Rops (7 July 1833 – 23 August 1898) was a Belgian artist associated with Symbolism and the Parisian Fin-de Siecle. He was a painter, illustrator, caricaturist and a prolific and innovative print maker, particularly in intaglio (etching and aquatint). Although not well known to the general public, Rops was greatly respected by his peers and actively pursued and celebrated as an illustrator by the publishers, authors, and poets of his time and provided frontispieces and illustrations for Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, Charles Baudelaire, Charles De Coster, Théophile Gautier, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Stéphane Mallarmé, Joséphin Péladan, Paul Verlaine, Voltaire, and many others. He is best known today for his prints and drawings illustrating erotic and Satanic literature of the period, although he also produced oil paintings including landscapes, seascapes, and occasional genre paintings. Rops is also recognized as a pioneer of Belgian comics.