Félicien Rops

Satan Sowing the Tares


heliogravure, soft-ground etching


Félicien Rops (Belgian, 1833-1898)

"Satan semant l’ivraie I" ["Satan Sowing the Tares I"]

circa 1882

3rd state

heliogravure retouched with soft-ground etching (vernis mou) on Japan paper

27,8 x 20,9 cm

signed in red pencil lower center: "Felicien Rops" (lower center)

with gilt frame

exhibition label verso

catalogue raisonne: Exsteens ER 927, I.3.


Ex coll. Jean-Pierre (J. P.) Babut du Marès (1931-2019), a noted connoisseur, collector, and published expert regarding Felicien Rops.  See: J. P. Babut du Marès, Felicien Rops (Ostende: Editions Erel, 1971).


This is a plate from the series Les Sataniques [The Satanics].

The subject is drawn from the Parable of the Tares, Matthew 13:24-43.


framed view:
detail showing signature:



Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California