Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, 1872-1898 was an English illustrator and author. His drawings in black ink, 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 and poster styles was significant, despite the brevity of his career before his early death from tuberculosis


Jacques Emile Blanche, Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, 1895, oil on canvas, 93 x 74 cm, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK


Aubrey Beardsley, Self Portrait, 1892, pen & ink wash, 25 x 10 cm, British Museum, London, UK

Almost all of his work was executed in black and white. This is a rare example in colour


Aubrey Beardsley, Isolde, illustration in “Pan”, Berlin, dated 1900, after his death

Aubrey Beardsley, Illustrations for Oscar Wilde, “Salomé”, 1894


Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde at Work, 1893

Aubrey Beardsley, illustrations for Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur, 1893

Aubrey Beardsley, illustrations for the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, 1895
“The Masque of the Red Death” & “The Black Cat”


Aubrey Beardsley, Siegfried, Act II, 1893


Aubrey Beardsley, Ali Baba, 1897

EH, Meeting No 19, 26 June 2018

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