Belgische kunstenaar Armand Rassenfosse

Rassenfosse Armand

Armand Rassenfosse was a Belgian artist born in Liège in 1862 and died there in 1934. He was a painter, draftsman, graphic artist and poster designer. Debuted only around 1890. Initially worked professionally as a trader in porcelain and decorative objects. Became a student of A. de Witte in Liège. Was a good friend of F. Rops, whom he had met in Paris. Was a very talented etcher and lithographer, always looking for technical sophistication. In collaboration with Rops, developed a graphic process, which they called Ropsenfosse. Participated in French magazines such as Le Courrier français, La Plume, Le Mercure de France. Often worked with the printer-publisher A. Bénard in Liège, who printed numerous advertising posters. Mostly worked as a graphic artist, but also made chalk and charcoal drawings, sometimes colored with crayons. Work in oil paint only started in 1900. In his sensitive, subtle and masterfully drawn performances, he especially glorified the beauty of women. From the press: “The woman in her most diverse and intimate poses is his main subject. He models volumes and reliefs in a subtle play of light and shadow, idealizing the sensual beauty of the body. Naturalism, art nouveau and afterwards art deco are clearly present here. ” Also worked as a designer of jewelery, es libris, posters. Illustrated, among others, Les fleurs du mal by Baudelaire with two hundred colored etchings. Work explored in the Museums in Brussels, Ixelles, Antwerp, Ghent, Liège, Leuven. Extensively mentioned in the Biography Nationale of the Royal Academy of Belgium, part XXX. Mentioned in BAS I and Two Centuries Signatures of Belgian Artists. (PIRON)