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Rops Corespondence, [18--]
36 items ; 6-24 cm.
Collection number: MS 0013

Rops, Félicien, 1833-1898, artist. Collection of letters, in French, written principally to François Nys and Henri Liesse. Letters concern Rops' personal affairs, chiefly his financial difficulties, and designs for new works. Also included are 7 proof etchings to works published in 1864 and 1866

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South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Felicien Rops was born in Belgium, but spent his professional life moving between Belgium and France. A painter, engraver and lithographer, Rops is known particularly for depicting women in sexually provocative poses. He was a member of the avant-garde in Belgium,a founding member of the Societe Libre des Beaux-Arts, and he joined Les XX in Brussels in 1886. He was technically innovative and his prints have always been highly regarded by collectors.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Letters, chiefly undated, primarily to Francois Nys, a printer in Paris with whom Rops worked (some dated: 1886, 1891-1892), Henri Liesse, and others. The letters are both personal, arranging for visits and asking for money, and professional, talking of designs on which he was working at the time. The longest letter, which lacks a salutation, describes an amorous escapade and a design for La Vie Parisienne by Robida. Includes seven proof etchings to works published in 1864 and 1866. The collection is in French.

Arranged by correspondent

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The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Robida, Albert, 1848-1926
  • Rops, Félicien, 1833-1898 Correspondence.
  • Artists - Belgium - Correspondence.
  • Erotic art - France - History and criticism - Sources.

  • Liesse, Henri.
  • Nys, François.

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  • Letters

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