Aubrey Beardsley





Aubrey Beardsley


Born
in Brighton, England, The United Kingdom
August 21, 1872

Died
March 16, 1898

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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an English illustrator and author. His drawings, executed in black ink and influenced by the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. He was a leading figure in the Aesthetic movement which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler. Beardsley's contribution to the development of the Art Nouveau style and the poster movement was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis.

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Best Works of Aubrey Beardsley

4.09 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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The Story of Venus and Tann...

3.37 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 1957 — 32 editions
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Early Work of Aubrey Beardsley

4.57 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1967 — 8 editions
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Salome

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Illustrations for La Morte ...

4.22 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1972
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The Later Work of Aubrey Be...

4.25 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1967 — 5 editions
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Aubrey Beardsley: Selected ...

4.43 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1964 — 4 editions
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The Art of Aubrey Beardsley

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Beardsley's Le Morte Darthu...

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Aubrey Beardsley, Drawings

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“From harsh and shrill and clamant, the voices grew blurred and inarticulate. Bad sentences were helped out by worse gestures, and at one table, Scabius could only express himself with his napkin, after the manner of Sir Jolly Jumble in the first part of the Soldier’s Fortune of Otway. Basalissa and Lysistrata tried to pronounce each other’s names, and became very affectionate in the attempt; and Tala, the tragedian, robed in roomy purple and wearing plume and buskin, rose to his feet and with swaying gestures began to recite one of his favourite parts. He got no further than the first line, but repeated it again and again, with fresh accents and intonations each time, and was only silenced by the approach of the asparagus that was being served by satyrs dressed in white muslin.
Clitor and Sodon had a violet struggle over the beautiful Pella, and nearly upset a chandelier. Sophie became very intimate with an empty champagne bottle, swore it had made her enceinte, and ended by having a mock accouchement on the top of the table; and Belamour pretended to be a dog, and pranced from couch to couch on all fours, biting and barking and licking. Mellefont crept about dropping love philtres into glasses. Juventus and Ruella stripped and put on each other’s things, Spelto offered a prize for who ever should come first, and Spelto won it! Tannhäuser, just a little grisé, lay down on the cushions and let Julia do whatever she liked.”
Aubrey Beardsley, Salome/ Under the Hill: Oscar Wilde/Aubrey Beardsley

“Then on quaint pedestals and Terminal Gods and gracious pilasters of every sort, were shell-like vases of excessive fruits and flowers that hung about and burst over the edges and could never be restrained. The orange-trees and myrtles, looped with vermilion sashes, stood in frail porcelain pots, and the rose-trees were wound and twisted with superb invention over trellis and standard. Upon one side of the terrace a long gilded stage for the comedians was curtained off with Pagonian tapestries, and in front of it the music-stands were placed.
The tables arranged between the fountain and the flight of steps to the sixth terrace were all circular, covered with white damask, and strewn with irises, roses, kingcups, colombines, daffodils, carnations and lilies; and the couches, high with soft cushions and spread with more stuffs than could be named, had fans thrown upon them, and little amorous surprise packets.”
Aubrey Beardsley, Salome/ Under the Hill: Oscar Wilde/Aubrey Beardsley

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