Paul Albert STECK
(Troyes 1866 - Paris 1924)
Portrait of the Artist Félicien Rops in his Studio
Framing lines in brown ink.
Signed and dated paul steck. 91. at the upper right.
Further inscribed by the artist Felicien Rops and cordial souvenir / Paul Steck 92 on the former backing sheet.
315 x 250 mm. (12 3/8 x 9 7/8 in.) [image]
338 x 276 mm. (13 1/4 x 10 7/8 in.) [sheet]
Paul Steck produced a small number of portrait drawings and prints of fellow artists in the 1890s. A drawing of the painter Henri Gervex (1852-1929) seated at an easel in his studio and dated the same year as the present sheet, was sold at auction in Paris in 2016. Steck also engraved a portrait of the artist Georges Antoine Rochegrosse (1859-1938), standing with a palette and brushes in his hand.
A drawing by the artist Paul Mathey (1844-1929) of Félicien Rops examining a newly printed sheet in his workshop is in a private collection in London. Drawn in 1888, a few years before Steck’s portrait, the Mathey drawing was a study for a painting which was reproduced alongside the present sheet in the 15 June 1896 issue of La Plume.