Manuscript Collection: MS 0013
36 items ; 6-24 cm.
Agency History/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 Content:
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.
Cite as: F. Rops Letters, Mount Holyoke College, Archives
and Special Collections, South Hadley,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted