Jan Frans De Boever

June 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Special thanks go out to billyjane for introducing me to this wonderful artist!

Boever (1872 – 1949) was a Flemish Symbolist who produced some lovely illustrations to Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. He specialised in erotic portraits of women, almost always in macabre or bizarre settings. He was very successful until around 1935, when he went dramatically out of fashion, and was never able to achieve his former popularity. I’ve found a good website on him here offering a more extensive bibliography and gallery.




L'Irreparable - Les Fleurs do Mal

La Charogne - Les Fleurs du Mal

L'irremediable - Les Fleurs du Mal



  1. melmoth said,

    A new one to me. If not in the same league as the masters his art certainly possesses some very attractive qualities. It’s very comforting that these obscure artists keeping cropping up from time to time to keep us on our toes- it looks like the definitive book on decadent art still remains to be written!

    • Decadent Handbook said,

      He’s new to me as well. I love discovering new artists. Although it’s sad that the Symbolist movement has been neglected for so long, it is nice that artists keep being rediscovered like this.

  2. billy said,

    hey you’re welcome,i’m so glad you liked my recommendation! great selection,i wouldn’t choose better myself;] I was surprised to see that their blog is actually tumblr,although i don’t like the fact that’s in Belgian[Dutch?] language
    i keep forgetting to put your blog in my RSS feed but will do a.s.a.p.

  3. Hilton said,

    This blog is exquisite! I shall spend many hours here. Please keep this up. Thank you.


    • Decadent Handbook said,

      Thank you! I’m not able to update as often as I would like because I’m writing my thesis at the moment. By September there will definitely be more posts.

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