You have to realise that I am not a remarkable person at all, but incomprehensible even to myself. While in the cradle I was showered with gifts from many beautiful people who acted as fairies having been invited by my mother to bestow a multitude of different talents upon her son. But the forgotten fairy, the terrible twisted and bandy legged one that is always left out appeared as well. Leaning over my cot, she said I cannot take away the gifts you have just received from these ladies, but I can give you one of my own. Your whole life long, you will never do that which you like best!
— Félicien Rops
7th of July - birthday to Belgian artist Félicien Rops most famous as printmaker associated with Symbolist and decadent literature circles, admired by such as Charles Baudelaire, Théophile Gautier, Alfred de Musset, Stéphane Mallarmé whose works he illustrated.