La Femme au trapeze by Felicien Joseph Victor Rops

La Femme au trapeze by Felicien Joseph Victor Rops

La Femme au trapeze

Felicien Joseph Victor Rops

Title

La Femme au trapeze

 
Artist
Year
c. 1880  
Technique
etching, printed in black ink 
Image Size
7 13/16 x 5" platemark 
Signature
plate signed, lower left 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
 
Reference
Exsteens 344, Ramiro p. 35; Rouir 748, Gremalde 422 
Paper
ivory laid japan 
State
iv/vii 
Publisher
Cadart, Paris 
Inventory ID
20988 
Price
$500.00 
Description

This image was probably done while Rops was working with the French publisher and print dealer Alfred Cadart in Paris and he had access to an etching studio. He did this image in seven states, this being the fourth.

Felician Rops creates a strong sense of weightiness in the body of the trapeze artist, an atypical view. Her dark-ringed eyes gaze wearily back at the viewer. The scene is static, and yet activity is indicated by the presence of the trapeze, on which she can become graceful and gravity can be defied. She appears to be weary, perhaps of being eternally watched by the circus audience, the artist, and we, the spectators.