Après Rops

David Hackbridge Johnson


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Shearsman Books
4 August 2023
ISBN: 9781848618398
26 pages

From the publisher

Felicien Rops (1833-1898) was a Belgian artist, primarily a print-maker. He was a friend of Baudelaire, Gautier, Mallarme and Peladan. His work - symbolist and decadent in tone - retains its shock value over a century later. In a sequence of poems inspired by Rops' etchings and peppered with ill-translated fragments plundered from old exhibition catalogues, Hackbridge Johnson wrenches the daring reprobate into the 21st century where he is surely needed to puncture the hypocrisies of a discredited age.