M. Coremans by Felicien Rops
M. Coremans au tir national

Félicien Rops was a Belgian graphic artist, painter and caricaturist, best known for his controversial work that mixed sex, death, and Satanic images. Born Félicien Joseph Victor Rops in Namur, he was educated at the University of Brussels. He contributed to Charivari Belge and launched the artistic and literary magazine Uylenspiegel together with writer Charles De Coster in 1856. Rops himself made many lithographics for the magazine, and was the author of one of Belgium's first comic strips, 'M. Coremans au tir national', that appeared in the Almanach d'Uylenspiegel of 1861.

He settled in Paris, France, after a failed marriage in 1874. He studied etching aquafortis with Bracquemond and lived with the Duluc sisters. Rops illustrated poetry by Baudelaire and was one of the founding members of Free Society of Fine Arts in Brussels (1868–1876) and of The Twenty (Les XX, formed in 1883). Although suffering from failing eyesight from 1892, he spent the final ten years of his life working at the Demi-Lune, his property in Essonnes near Paris.

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