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Antoon Molkenboer (1872-1960)

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This man looks old and old-fashioned, but he witnessed the rise of many modern art artists. But old fashioned as he was, he stayed true to his designs which were rooted in the “Fin du Siecle ” period from the last century. His fame has grown by the end of 1930 which resulted in many commissions for music and theatre performances. Look at his designs and you see the influence Jugendstil has had on them, but what struck me most that he almost copied the great designs by Klimt and Mucha.

Interested in this copycat? the best publication on Molkenboer was written by an ex colleague of mine …Magda Kyrova . A nice publication which rediscovers this artist and which is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Felicien Rops (1833-1898)

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A true artist of the FIN DUS SIECLE. On a peer with Toulouse Lautrec and exercising his art on the edge of society. Where Toulouse Lautrec found his inspiration in cafes and brothels, Rops was more of an erotic caricaturist who was not a great fan of religion and the church. In many cases he offended the church in making drawings with a less pious christ,

but he was a master in drawing and made drawings that had two layers. The first was the masterful drawing, the second underlying layer was its erotic contents.

His drawings were forbidden for a very long time , but nowadays his drawings are recognized as true pieces of art and mainly in Belgium Rops has received many a retrospective exhibition of which some of the publications are available at www.ftn-books.com