Félicien Rops

Art on This Day


The Belgian artist Félicien Rops was born on this day in 1833. Rops worked in many mediums and was also a master printmaker utilizing different techniques. He was originally trained in lithography by the University of Brussels, but he later also produced engravings and etchings. 


He was one of the first modern etchers to revive the neglected medium of soft-ground etching, in which the etching ground is melted into and mixed with tallow, producing the effect of lines drawn with a soft pencil or chalk. Rops also founded the International Society of Etchers and was for a time the vice president of the Free Society of Fine Arts in Brussels.