Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley

Book - 1998
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Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) was probably the most extraordinary, the most celebrated, and the most notorious illustrator of his day. This book, which accompanies a major centenary exhibition on Beardsley, tells the story of his brief, hectic life and uncovers the roots of his genius in the racy artistic and literary culture of 1890s London.Beardsley's startling drawings, prints, bookbindings, and posters are reproduced here from original drawings and from rare early editions of his work. Portraits and photographs of his friends and contemporaries, among them Oscar Wilde, James McNeill Whistler, Edward Burne-Jones, Max Beerbohm, and W. B. Yeats, bring his story to life. The authoritative text is the first to fully explore Beardsley's diverse influences, which range from ancient Greek vase paintings to erotic Japanese ukiyo-e prints.The book concludes with a look at Beardsley's artistic legacy and the legend that has grown around him. It demonstrates why his drawings, with their subtle symbolism, highly charged eroticism, sensuous ornamentalism, and self-conscious decadence, have a renewed resonance in our own turn-of-the-century world.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
ISBN: 9780810940093
Branch Call Number: 741.092 Calloway
Characteristics: 224 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Beardsley, Aubrey 1872-1898.


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Apr 10, 2018

(*Aubrey Beardsley quote*) - "I have one aim - The grotesque. If I am not grotesque - I am nothing."

Born in Brighton, England (1872) - Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was a gifted English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink (which were influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts) clearly emphasized the world of the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic.

In his day - Beardsley was a leading figure in the "Aesthetic" movement which also included the likes of Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats. His contribution to the development of the "Art Nouveau" trend and period poster styles was notably significant, despite the brevity of his career.

Meticulously compiled by Stephen Calloway - This pictorial-biography of Beardsley's life and work gives the reader a thorough overview of his artistic output. (*Watch "art tour" video*)

*Note* - In 1898 - Aubrey Beardsley (25 at the time) died of tuberculosis.


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