Mainly concentrating on the occult and erotic, his works can be hard to read, but never disappoint in originality or execution.
A close friend of Charles Baudelaire during his final years, Rops was an early adopter of mixed media and always original.
He became an ‘Artist of the Soul’, continuing to paint Symbolist motifs, including some drawn from Les Fleurs du Mal, but little after 1908.
He started his career designing Art Nouveau wallpaper, then progressed to book illustration, including Baudelaire’s notorious
A superb plein air painting of this scene on the River Tiber is part of the foundation that Corot laid for Impressionism.