Félicien Rops, ‘LA DAME AU COCHON OU PORNOKRATES’, 1879, Gerrish Fine Art

Soft-ground etching on thick wove paper. Rops has signed the print in pencil below the image and inscribed this impression in pencil 'La dame au cochon (gravure retouchee en couleurs)' in the outer margin. It is touched in pink on the leash, woman's lips and ear and the flowers in her hair.

Rops described this images in a letter dated 1879 to H. Liesse, ‘My Pornocratie is complete. This drawing delights me. I would like to show you this beautiful naked girl, clad only in black shoes and gloves in silk, leather and velvet, her hair styled. Wearing a blindfold she walks on a marble stage, guided by a pig with a "golden tail" across a blue sky. Three loves - ancient loves - vanish in tears (...) I did this in four days in a room of blue satin, in an overheated apartment, full of different smells, where the opopanax and cyclamen gave me a slight fever conducive towards production or even towards reproduction’.

Reference: Exsteens 435.

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