I have a Taschen-book called "Symbolism", and in it, there were two pieces by Rops, one of them being Pornocrates. Yesterday, completely by accident (I didnt remember the name, but saw a pastel-like drawing on the cover, and because im working with pastels on my current project i wanted to check it out), I picked up a book about him in a bookshop.
This guy's art is awesome! He flourished in 19th century paris, in an environment filled with drugs, sex, prostitutes and syphilis. He was married, but divorced after having numerous affairs, and ended up having a relationship with two french sisters. At the same time. The sisters, in writing, even combined both their names into one, which shows their lack of rivalry amongst them.
"I have taken a bath in flames"
In his work, he tries to capture the spirit and appearance of the age in which he lived. Which somehow resulted in works filled with nude women, anti-religion, sex and symbols/signs of death.
Equally morbid and sex-related is the art of Russian artist Vania Zouravliov. Be sure to buy his book, simply named Vania. (available on amazon)
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