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.

Average rating: 3.97 · 16,714 ratings · 532 reviews · 120 distinct works
Best Works of Aubrey Beardsley

4.16 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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The Story of Venus and Tann...

3.38 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 1957 — 33 editions
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The Early Work of Aubrey Be...

4.53 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1899 — 10 editions
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The Later Work of Aubrey Be...

4.24 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1967 — 5 editions
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Illustrations for Le Morte ...

4.21 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1972
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Beardsley's Le Morte Darthu...

4.75 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2001 — 4 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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4.07 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1918 — 9 editions
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Under The Hill: And Other E...

3.70 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1928 — 4 editions
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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

“People hate to see their vices depicted, but vice is terrible and it should be depicted.”
Aubrey Beardsley

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