Le Flirt. A mon Vieux Jean de Tinan son jeune ami Felicien Rops.JdeT.
Soft-ground etching. Plate 58 x 133mm. 2¼ x 5¼". On a slip written "Felicien Rops Famoso Gravador E Ilustrador Belga. N. em Namur - 1822. M. em Essones - 1898".
This image originates from an aquatint and etching which Rops created for Jean de Tinan's 1894 book entitled "Un Document sur L'Impuissance D'Aimer". The composition was the lower part of the frontice which Rops altering the plate with the addition of 'J de T', to the upper left, and the words, 'A mon Vieux Jean de Tinan, ', to the lower right. Félicien Rops (1833-1898) was a Belgian artist, and printmaker in etching and aquatint. Like the works of the authors whose poetry he illustrated, inluding Baudelaire, his works tended to mingle sex, death and Satanic images. He was one of the founding members of Société Libre des Beaux-Arts of Brussels and Les XX (formed 1883). He had connections with the Symbolist movement. His work was also highly blasphemous and pornographic in many of his compositions it can still cause offence in modern times. Jean de Tinan (1874-1898) was the author of "Un Document sur L'impuissance D'Aimer" (1894), "Penses-tu reussir" (1897), and "L'Exemple de Ninon de Leclos amoureuse" (1898). Jean de Tinan formed close friendships with a number of artists of the Belle Epoque, requesting art from Felicien Rops and Toulouse-Lautrec who made a lithograph for Jean de Tinan.
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