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50. Felicien Rops

Ma Grand’ Tante

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Rops, Ma Grand’ Tante

Ma Grand’ Tante

Soft-ground and drypoint, Exsteens 345, ex collection: Edmond Haraucourt (Lugt on line 3599), 243 x 161 mm. Very fine impression on laid paper with very large, full margins; repaired tear and small losses at the sheet edges. While it is usually all too obvious what Rops is getting at, this particular image, together with its unexpected title, poses a problem. Ramiro, biographer and one of the cataloguers of Rops, claims to have found a bit of manuscript signed by the artist which explains it. There exists (or existed) in the family home, a painted portrait of his great aunt, hung in a room that no one ever visited. It was painted just before her entry into society and, while her mother wanted a nude representation portraying the girl as some mythological personage, the painter demurred and produced, rather, this just mildly erotic image (the full story is more complicated). The question you might ask, then, is if this print is supposed to reproduce that ancient painting. The real question, though, is proffered by Ramiro: was the manuscript a bit of autobiography – or was it the start of an unwritten novel? Fact or fiction? The print is rare.

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