Felicien Rops Museum (Musee Felicien Rops)

Felicien Rops Museum (Musee Felicien Rops), Namur: Hours, Address, Felicien Rops Museum (Musee Felicien Rops) Reviews: 4.5/5

Felicien Rops Museum (Musee Felicien Rops)

Felicien Rops Museum (Musee Felicien Rops)
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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252 reviews
Very good

Turnhout, Belgium97 contributions
Very interesting painter !
Jul 2021
Very nice museum with also a temporary exhibition. Quiet, clean, paintings well displayed. Nice neighbourhood
Written July 18, 2021
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Pappe D
Belgium5 contributions
A must visit place!!!!
Feb 2021
This place made our date even lovelier! the ambiance made you feel that you are a lucky person to travel more!
Written March 25, 2021
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,675 contributions
Very interesting museum and unique art conception
Jan 2020
The building inside which there is the Museum is a nice house dating back to the seventeenth century situated in 12, rue Fumal to where it moved in the eighties of the twentieth century from the Hôtel de Gaiffer d’Hestroy. The Museum is located in the hub of Namur at a walking distance from the Cathedral. That can be clearly realized by casting a glance through the two looking boxes directed to Saint - Aubain Cathedral and St. Jean church, very interesting views by the way.
The works by Rops displayed in that Museum represent a unique art conception encompassing divers types of slide arts. So, one can see there some lithographs which were published in the Uylenspiegel journal, such as the caricature of the French photographer Nadar and “La politique pour rire”. It’s amazing to realise how in the satirical drawings concerning the series to which the last mentioned lithographs belong Rops referred to the Belgian constitution and blended humour with parliamentary decisions. The “Uylenspiegel , journal des débats, artistiques et literaires” was a magazine founded by Rops himself and therefore the real starting point of his artistic career. His art production at that time wasn’t constricted to lithographs and the proof thereof is the oil painting “L’Entrée au bal”. It’s a striking picture in that Museum at the sight of which it’s easy to gather that Rops’s concerns didn’t fall within the academic teaching which enjoined geometric rigour and perfect identification of forms. Likewise the lithograph “La Médaille de Waterloo” is a striking work particularly as it depicts the army as a mass of absurd skeletons. This work is an example of Rops’s political commitments as it shows a dwarf senile Emperor supporting himself with a cane in the middle of a radiant Waterloo medal . “La Peine de Mort” is also a witness of the author’s political commitment as a contribution against death penalty.
In his works within the scope of realism style the denouncement of the hypocrisy of certain people is outstanding. In them Rops painted what he saw. That’s why he was accused sometimes of making anticlerical works, as it was the case in connection with “Chez les Trappistes” and in “Un Enterrement en Pays Wallon”. Both litographs are eye catching as they denounce the perversity and the stupidity of the clergy respectively. The latter should be observed attentively in order to realise the solitude in which the little orphan in front of the grave finds himself as he doesn’t get a single gesture of consolation or tenderness from the other people attending the burial. The painting “Tête de Vieille Anversoise” is in realism style. In it the piercing and scrutinizing gaze of the elderly lady depicted in it is somewhat terrifying.
Among Rops’s works somehow related to the French poet Charles Baudelaire exhibited in the Museum one could point out “La Mort qui danse”, “Les Épaves”, consisting in etching and dry-point, destined to be the frontispiece for Charles Baudelaire’s work “Les Épaves”, and “Satan semant l’ivraie”. The last one depicts a frightening scene in which the devil tramples on a freshly ploughed soil spreading away the rye grass that will destroy the farmers’ harvest.
Rops was also very skilled in the technique of engraving what can be observed in two sketches exhibited in the Museum which he made to be used as a frontispiece for “Les Oeuvres Inutiles et Nuisibles” 1879 - 1880 consisting of two albums, the first one opening with a naked woman and the second album with the same drawing on the same woman dressed in her city dress. It’s amazing to watch these two drawings which somehow remind of the paintings of the Majas by Goya.
Perhaps the most interesting sections of the Museum are the works having women as the main character. In the works included in one of those sections some prostitutes are portrayed as well as scenes in women’s bars, cabarets and brothels. The world of prostitution really fascinated the artist. That section consists of drawings, heliogravures prints, pastels and colour etchings. All the women represented in those works are beautiful as one can see in the following ones: “La Buveuse d’Absinthe”, “La Dèche”, “Le Gandin Ivre” and “Le Bouge à Matelots”. In another section Rops tried to reflect the fact that at the end of the nineteenth century women were often considered as manipulating. The charming character of all women depicted in those works is outstanding. Watching them one can be astounded at realising that women possess whatever is needed to procure for themselves all that they want from men. This can be clearly observed in Rops’s versions of “Dame au Pantin et à l’Éventail”, made each one of them using different techniques though the watercolour is present in all of them. In the fourth version, for instance, the lady carries a knife on her belt and, with a satisfied expression, holds up a puppet whose position calls up its submissive role.
The picture “Pornocratés” ou “La Dame au cochon” is perhaps Rops’s most widely known work. It’s a stunning work depicting a lady dressed only in gloves, black stockings and a Gainsborough hat who walks proudly over the ancient arts that are sculpted and set into the marble. Three little cherubs try to seduce the woman, who continues its way guided by a pig. It’s a marvelous painting.
Upon suggestion of Jules Noilly, Rops created more than a hundred sketches of lifestyles outlining the bourgeois hypocrisies of the time. In the Museum there are about twenty of them which are splendid artworks that can no doubt be admired by anyone having a bit of sensitiveness. One among the most interesting of them is perhaps “La Chanson de Chérubin” representing a scene in a boudoir saturated with red. That scene is about a vulgar bourgeois singing a serenade to a prostitute who has a vague look and is undressed. Another precious picture of that series is that called “La Toilette” showing a woman of doubtful reputation and morals dressing herself under the interested gaze of a dandy, lacing her corset, her eyes riveted on those of her lover. She reveals herself to be manipulating and dangerous.
In the journeys that Rops made to evade himself from Paris and so discover other realities, he also continued carrying out his artistic activity. The most outstanding artworks displayed in the Museum in relation to those intervals are the oil on canvass paintings “La Plage de Heyst”, which is the impression of the atmosphere of a visit to the North Sea, and “Le Paysage Scandinave” in which he used a post-impressionist technique, as well as that called “Vue de Séville”.
As far as the rest of the works to be admired in the Museum is concerned, that painting called “Avendre (Les Deux Amies)” is the most outstanding. It depicts two ladies, one of them consisting of a stunning nude comparable to those of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Besides, on the day I visited the Museum, 14.01.2020, the temporary exhibition was also very interesting. It consisted of paintings borrowed from other Belgian museums and included even one by Ensor.
As one can gather from the foregoing the Rops Museum is a unique art museum housing highly valuable works different from those which can be seen in most museums. Such works are both very peculiar and beautiful. In order to realize such qualities it’s therefore utterly recommendable to visit the Museum and watch attentively all the works there exhibited.
Written August 8, 2020
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo3,988 contributions
Dumb receptionist
Dec 2019 • Solo
Interesting museum in the centre of Namur, the capital of Wallonia. Félicien Rops is like the Belgian brother of Charles Baudelaire. Unfortunately, my experience at the museum was spoiled at the very beginning by a blockheaded receptionist who said it was free for Belgian teachers but not for me. What?! I am a Belgian teacher teaching in a Belgian school! She didn't want to hear anything. I had to pay €5.

It's a pity this female receptionist was so rude, there are some terrifically good nudes to behold. There are also some good erotic drawings. What I enjoyed much less is when he represented the Christ having an erection on the cross on which he passed away. I didn't like that. That's too creepy!
Written December 26, 2019
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Adam Leo
Milan, Italy96 contributions
Nice museum
Aug 2019 • Couples
Elegant old building converted as a modern nice museum. Staff was very kind and gave us enough explanation to understand the artist and the museum itself. Not a big museum, it took us about 50 minutes to enjoy the paintings.
Written August 13, 2019
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Brussels, Belgium71 contributions
Do not miss
Jun 2018 • Friends
“Erotic and satanic” artist, Rops was characterised by a few critics like this. Actually, he subscribed to the artistic trend of his time, when everyone tried to reveal original themes, multiple roots giving birth to multiple branches. One cannot visit Namur without seeing Felicine Rops, Museum.
I did not rate it as excellent just because the organizers should improve your experience watching the pictures: there is a very weak light projected over paintings (“to protect them”) – which I can understand – but you cannot read their legend and explanations because they are in darkness.
Written January 3, 2019
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Hermanus, South Africa628 contributions
Probably more for those interested in the history of art
Nov 2018 • Friends
One should go here if you love the history of art, especially of the mid- to late 19th century, since Rops has a connection with most of the events that influenced that period. Or perhaps if you have an interest in the macabre or have an appreciation for the sometimes whimsical humor that is at times evident in his art. In both cases, some preparation (and the use of a guide) will help. Others will simply find it mildly entertaining.
Written November 24, 2018
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Richard H
Croydon, UK246 contributions
Pleasant Distraction
Aug 2018 • Couples
Diverse and interesting little museum tucked away in a nice area of Namur. The works on show were a journey into a different style of art and you need an open mind if visiting just for "Arts" sake. Plenty of erotic stuff - be warned. Small enough for a distraction on an afternoon.
Written September 2, 2018
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Denver, CO72 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
First of all, if you're easily offended, don't go to this museum. Rops is a controversial artist and some of his work is a bit disturbing. With that said, this is a well done and laid out museum. You walk through in chronological order and acquire a good understanding of the artist and his work.
Written July 23, 2018
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Australia2,263 contributions
A satirist's view of his world.
May 2018 • Solo
Very well laid out. Covered the artist's whole life and works. English was available via audio guide but only for selected works. I would recommend at least 2 hours to go through the museum. Not suitable for children due to a lot of graphic drawings.
Written May 17, 2018
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